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New debate due on Hunstanton car park flats proposal

Revised plans for dozens of new flats on part of a Hunstanton car park will be debated tonight.

A fresh application for 32 properties on the site in Southend Road has been lodged by West Norfolk Council, after an initial scheme was rejected by its own planning committee.

And the new proposal is due to be debated by the Hunstanton Town Council when it meets this evening.

The Southend Road car park in Hunstanton.
The Southend Road car park in Hunstanton.

Officials claim the new application addresses the parking concerns which led to the original scheme being turned down at a borough planning meeting in December.

The new plan proposes 50 additional parking spaces, accessible from Southend Road, in part of a coach park which documents submitted as part of the application claim is poorly utilised.

A further 34 spaces would also be made available on busy days, meaning the net loss of public capacity would be only 16 spaces, compared to the 100 which was anticipated under the old scheme.

The new application also envisages additional space for residential parking at the flats, which it is argued would offer greater capacity than at other comparable developments.

A statement prepared by the borough council’s agents, La Ronde Wright Ltd, said: “The scheme would help deliver the envisaged masterplan for the southern seafront area of Hunstanton, and would result in more year-round residential and economic activity in the local area, which at present is busy mostly only on a seasonal basis.”

Earlier this month, town councillors welcomed the effort to address the parking concerns, but warned they could not guarantee supporting the development when revised plans were submitted.

Tonight’s town council meeting takes place over Zoom and will begin at 6pm. Anyone interested in attending should email clerk@hunstantontowncouncil.org.uk for login details.

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