Old Hunstanton home scheme gets thumbs down

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A plan to build 15 affordable homes in Old Hunstanton has been blocked by borough councillors this week.

Hastoe Housing Association’s application to put up 15 affordable homes on a site off Cromer Road was thrown out by West Norfolk planning committee on Monday.

The developer wanted to build a mix of one bedroomed flats, a bungalow and two and three-bedroomed homes.

But the committee rejected the application as it felt it would reduce the gap between Old Hunstanton and Hunstanton.

John Dobson, speaking against the plan on behalf of Old Hunstanton Parish Council, disputed the developer’s argument that there is a housing need, adding: “This is a scheme for Hunstanton.”

But Chris Parsons, for the developer, said it was an attempt to addressing the area’s affordable housing need.

During the debate, Trevor Manley said he was in favour of affordable housing but proposed to refuse the scheme.

He said: “I don’t think the village of Old Hunstanton is going to benefit from this as much as other parishes.”

But Martin Storey told the committee that they should “stand up and be counted” for affordable housing by supporting the application.

Concerns were also raised about unsuitable pedestrian crossing points and traffic along the road.