Letters; John Maiden, January 12, 2016

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Wild flowers on Redgate Hill at the side of the main road.'www.lynnnews.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120120724123940

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According to ‘name and address supplied’ (Lynn News December 18) chalky soil was the reason land north of the Ringstead River was sold for housing. This is complete nonsense because the same type of soil east of the A149 is still producing crops. Might this explain why purveyors of such blatant misinformation hide their identity?

When it comes to the number of golf courses, it should be noted that three separate planning applications were made for three nine-hole golf courses. The first application was refused because the Local Plan classified the land as an Area of Important Landscape Quality. This decision was recklessly overturned by a government planning inspector, which may explain why West Norfolk Council gave permission for the next two, including permission for 155 timber-clad holiday lodges on the Heacham side of the parish boundary.

Two of the courses were combined to create one 18-hole course, thereby avoiding the requirement for a full Environmental Impact Assessment. In opposing the Hopkins Homes application for an assortment of 166 houses and bungalows on Redgate Hill I am simply echoing concerns expressed by many others – including Henry Bellingham MP – at the prospect of yet another large area of open countryside being developed when less prominent sites are readily available.

I welcome letters written in response to my weekly column, but Turnstone is not the only source of news from Hunstanton and the coast. In any case, a private royal visit to Redgate School is surely less newsworthy than the imminent threat to the appearance of Redgate Hill?

John Maiden

Hunstanton Road, Heacham