King’s Lynn campaigner Jordan with fight on her hands

Jordan Bone with the trees, cycle path and new entrance to the new build ANL-141023-125443009
Jordan Bone with the trees, cycle path and new entrance to the new build ANL-141023-125443009

A disabled woman from South Wootton has been left frustrated by a complaint about overhanging trees and opposition to a new home.

Jordan Bone, 24, of Hall Lane, is having a new home built in the grounds of her current home, which has been designed to suit her specific needs, and to give her the independence she wants.

She was keen to live independently after a car crash left her paralysed from the chest down when she was 15-years-old, but the build has faced opposition from a local cyclist.

Miss Bone, who has come to prominence campaigning on road safety and is well-known for her YouTube blog, said: “They have opposed the build from the start and it’s just upsetting really. I’m having to build my own house to live in because I need somewhere that is suited to my needs. I do my fair share of things for the community and this just seems spiteful.”

The planning application for the build was passed by Norfolk County Council, but since then a complaint has been submitted to the Highways Department about overhanging conifers at the boundary of the property.

Miss Bone said: “We’ve measured the conifers and they are very slightly over our boundaries, we understand that and would happily have cut them back.

“I just don’t understand why a formal complaint had to be made, they could have just knocked on the door and asked us.

“The conifers don’t actually go on the cycle track and there is also a grass verge between our boundary and the cycle track, it doesn’t affect them in any way.”

Conrad Meehan, 40, of South Wootton, works for Norfolk County Council but is also a keen cyclist and a member of the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Bike Users Group. He submitted the complaint after concerns over visibility for drivers and cyclists.

He said: “When the original build was approved, I questioned whether it was appropriate to allow access to the build without looking at safety.

“The conifer hedge runs alongside the property and one of the conditions is that there must be adequate visibility, but they are overhanging the verge by a few metres and you cannot see from the cycle track.

“The problem lies with Norfolk County Council, if they had assessed the site they would have seen the requirement for access could not be met in visibility.

“I haven’t asked for the trees to be removed, I have just suggested they be cut back, or perhaps the driveway could be realigned to allow a better view.”

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “We have been in touch with the householder about the issue. We have asked for the trees that are overhanging the highway to be cut back to the highway boundary to improve visibility for walkers and cyclists and for vehicles entering or exiting the property on the new driveway.

“Of course we always look to find the best possible solution to issues such as this so will listen carefully to anyone who comes to us with suggestions about a request we have made, to hopefully find an outcome that is acceptable to all.”