One of the letters in Viewpoint, on November 13, says that “elected councillors designated as planning officers should have the final say”.
I agree – but when West Norfolk Council’s planning committee voted in favour of 166 dwellings to be built on the southern side of Hunstanton, they did not even have the courtesy to visit the site before voting to approve the plans. It is as if it was a done deal.
If my memory serves me correctly, they managed a day trip to Sandringham Road in Hunstanton when somebody wanted to erect one bungalow. They have also visited various other sites since, where the number of houses is significantly less than this development. The Hopkins Homes development will have a major impact on many people, not only local Hunstanton and Heacham residents but visitors to the area as well.
The fact remains that this development is in the wrong place. There may be 30 affordable homes, but the rest will be unaffordable to local young families. There are so many other derelict areas, such as the eyesore at the bottom of Oasis Way and the old Witleys property on Church Street, that could be used for a small number of houses, more easily integrated into the community. This would surely be of more benefit to local people and would mean that the A149 wouldn’t need an additional roundabout. I wonder if those who voted “yes” to this development will still believe they made the right decision in years to come?