Protesters win battle to save Hunstanton open space

Pictured from left: Margi Blunden, Cllr John Maiden, Cllr Andrew Murray, Martin Chown, Joy Webb, Pat Richardson, Cllr Richard Bird, Angie Sandercock, Richard  Webb and Tony Armstrong. MLNF15EB03101 ANL-151103-134933001
Pictured from left: Margi Blunden, Cllr John Maiden, Cllr Andrew Murray, Martin Chown, Joy Webb, Pat Richardson, Cllr Richard Bird, Angie Sandercock, Richard Webb and Tony Armstrong. MLNF15EB03101 ANL-151103-134933001
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Campaigners have been out in force to proclaim that a green area in Sandringham Road, Hunstanton, must remain an open space.

The area was formerly part of the Convent gardens and then the Homestead garden.

Residents and members from Hunstanton’s Civic Society met as councillors and officials from West Norfolk Council visited the site on Thursday morning.

The town council, Civic Society and residents have objected to the plans to erect a four-bedroom chalet bungalow in the former garden.

Holding placards asking the visitors to respect the town’s conservation area, the protesters were keen to point out the importance of keeping green spaces in the town.

Chairman of the Civic Society and town councillor Andrew Murray said: “It is most important to ensure the Conservation Area is protected. These small open spaces contribute to the wellbeing of residents and visitors in Hunstanton.”

Later in the day the West Norfolk Council planning committee meeting in King’s Lynn declined to accept the application.

Owners Costa Papadopoullos and Ben Morgan issued a statement which said: “The Conservation Officer supports the application because it conforms with national and local policies.

“We as applicants have worked closely with the local Planning Officers in order to create a scheme that befits and preserves the Conservation Area without impacting the street scene.

“The land never belonged to the holiday residents of the apartment block adjacent to the land.

“We feel that it would be a real shame if the plot were to be left abandoned and not put to its optimum use.”