Road warning over West Norfolk village glamping site proposal
The establishment of a glamping site presents an excessive safety risk to users of a busy West Norfolk road, officials have warned.
Retrospective planning permission is being sought for a change of use of land at Oak Lodge, on Thetford Road, Northwold, to allow for 19 glamping pitches.
But West Norfolk councillors are being urged to reject the scheme when it goes to a planning meeting next Monday, following advice from county transport officials.
They argue that the proposal breaches planning rules by increasing safety risks on the A134, despite assessments submitted within the application claiming the travel impact would not be significant.
Highways officers wrote: "The matter that accidents have not been recorded in the last five years at the A134 junction with the application site is a matter of good fortune and is likely to be a reflection of its existing low impact which would be altered should the application be approved.
"The development of this site would ultimately result in increases in slowing stopping and turning movements on the A134 to the detriment of highway safety.
"Therefore, it is recommend that the application is refused as the proposal would lead to an intensification in the use of an access onto the A134, which is a busy principle route and would cause undue interference with the safe and free flow of traffic."
But Northwold parish council is supporting the application while the area's ward councillor, Tom Ryves, has referred the scheme to the committee for debate.
He said: "I think the issues of access need to be discussed in public.”