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West Norfolk’s main bus operator offered to buy a borough transport hub nearly a year before plans for a new library and dozens of flats there were revealed.

Borough council officials submitted an application for the redevelopment of what is currently Hunstanton’s bus station in June.

And a decision on the scheme is due to be made at a planning committee meeting next week.

Hunstanton Library and Bus Station.. (37125838)
Hunstanton Library and Bus Station.. (37125838)

But among the scheme’s opponents is the Lynx bus company, which has this week set out its reasons for proposing to purchase the interchange outright.

Details of the offer emerged from a letter the company submitted objecting to the plan, which can be seen on the council’s planning website.

The letter, submitted shortly after the application was published, claimed the council did not respond to its offer last year and argued that development could still take place in the area without losing the bus station.

Lynx director Julian Patterson this week said their plan would have improved the shelters and made the site more attractive for passengers.

He added: “We offered to buy Hunstanton Bus Station to keep it as a bus station for the town – once it’s gone it’s gone forever.

“With hundreds of new homes already on the cards for Hunstanton - and the wider area - it makes no sense to rip up the local bus station just to build more homes for people who would have used it.”

Mr Patterson also believes the plan to provide replacement bus stops on St Edmunds Terrace will be “much more hazardous” than existing arrangements

But, although they previously suggested it was a “shame” that the bus station would be lost, county Highways officials have raised no objection to the application.

Forty-nine flats, most of which would be accommodated in a new five-storey building, a replacement library, retail units and public toilets are envisaged in the scheme.

Documents submitted as part of the application said the plans would “deliver new market and affordable homes in an area of housing need and strong housing demand, and also deliver improved services and facilities to the residents of and visitors to Hunstanton.”

Planning officials have advised councillors to approve the scheme, subject to the completion of legal agreements by next April, when they meet on
Monday.

Their report on the application, which was published on the council’s website on Tuesday, said: “The benefits of providing this development far outweigh any negative impacts.”



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