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Care home extension given green light by West Norfolk Council

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Plans to expand a care home for people with Downs Syndrome have been backed by West Norfolk councillors.

Opponents of the proposed extension to Coralyn House in Hunstanton claimed the development would overshadow their properties.

But members of the borough's planning committee voted 14 to two to approve the scheme for the Glebe Avenue site when they met on Monday.

King's Court. Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk.. (34663047)
King's Court. Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk.. (34663047)

The scheme allows for two separate single-storey extensions to the building, one of which would accommodate a garden room, following the removal of an existing conservatory and outbuildings.

Applicants' agent Nick Borman told the committee meeting at Lynn's Town Hall that the home's residents would "benefit greatly" from the development.

But neighbour Robert Duff-Dick claimed the scheme would be "overshadowing and intrusive" to his property.

Committee member and ward councillor Carol Bower, who called in the application for committee consideration, said she shared the worries about overshadowing.

She was also concerned about the potential disruption to a neighbouring guest house if building work takes place during the main tourist season.

Mrs Bower told her colleagues: "I see the need for a care home like this, but we do have to think about where we live and how we live with others and respect others."

Jo Rust said she was worried about the lack of outdoor space for residents.

But Sandra Squire suggested the garden room would be more useful, particularly in the winter, and argued the facility was "vital".

An attempt by Mrs Bower to call a site visit was not supported by other members.

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