Report of Hunstanton housing scheme was ‘tosh’, claims Heacham parish councillor

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Borough council officials’ handling of a controversial coastal housing scheme has been dismissed as “tosh” by a parish councillor.

Hopkins Homes’ proposals for 166 homes on the southern edge of Hunstanton were approved by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee in November.

But Heacham parish council, who opposed the scheme, subsequently made a formal complaint about how the application was handled.

They claimed that committee members had been misdirected by officers over the proposal.

However, last Thursday’s meeting of the parish council’s lighting and watching committee was told that the complaint had been rejected.

In a letter to the authority, David Parkin, principal planner for the borough council, insisted the application had been reported accurately by officers and there had been “no misdirection” of councillors.

But committee chairman Terry Parish said: “It was accurate reporting of absolute tosh.”

Residents and councillors in Heacham have been concerned about the potential impact of the scheme on the village.

They were particularly unhappy with the main road access being from Hunstanton Road, rather than an alternative route through the Manorfields estate in Hunstanton itself.

The concerns have been heightened by other proposed and approved housing developments in the village, as well as the planned development of a new Lidl supermarket off the A149, which the committee has lodged a holding objection to on access and drainage grounds.

But supporters insisted the scheme was urgently needed to provide new homes in Hunstanton, particularly to enable younger people and families to live in the town.