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Debate due on glamping plan for West Norfolk village

Proposals for a new glamping site in a West Norfolk village are set to be considered by community leaders this evening.

Planning permission is being sought for 14 pods on land close to the village school in Castle Acre.

But concerns have been raised about whether the potential environmental impact of the proposals for the land off Back Lane has been properly considered.

Castle Acre
Castle Acre

Documents submitted as part of the application to West Norfolk Council said: "The site is in a prime holiday location with scenic views, country walks and coastal routes all close by.

"The existing site is an un-used grass land with limited pedestrian access. The proposal will utilise the existing site to its full potential by offering affordable guest accommodation."

They continued: "Historically Castle Acre is a hub for tourist trade, with a plethora of country walks, cycle routes and nearby coastal towns.

"The village hosts a couple of public houses and village shops providing everything guests will need in the nearby facilities."

The application is due to be debated by members of Castle Acre's parish council during a meeting to be held over the Zoom online platform tonight at 7.30pm.

But, in correspondence published on the borough council's planning webpage, chairman Martin Hickey said they had already asked the village's borough councillor, Jim Moriarty, to "call in" the application, meaning it should go before the borough planning committee for a decision.

He said they would also be raising concerns with Natural England about the development and described what he described as a lack of environment and archaeological assessment of the land as "alarming."

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