Garboldisham and Blo’ Norton parish councils oppose development of holiday lodges off Hopton Road
Two parish councils have voiced “grave concerns” over the proposal of 25 holiday lodges in a Norfolk village.
Garboldisham and Blo’ Norton parish councils fear that the planned development off Hopton Road in Garboldisham could have a negative impact on existing neighbours, two county wildlife sites and road safety.
While the developer, Parker Planning Service Ltd, thinks it unlikely that the development will generate negative associated infrastructure, both councils have pointed out that the B1111 is a busy road coming up to a blind bend, which could “increase the likelihood of a serious accident”.
Additionally, access to the village would entail walking along the road, which has no street lights, while limited parking spaces in Garboldisham would mean that accessing it by car would increase the problem.
The proposed development of eleven two-bed and 14 three-bed lodges, a reception building, groundskeeper building and 67 parking spaces is located between two county wildlife sites.
Intended footpaths across both areas of privately owned land could have a detrimental effect on rare flora and fauna, it is claimed.
Garboldisham Parish Council also stated that the footpath has not been discussed with the landowners, with the trustees of Garboldisham Parish Charities adamant that they will not allow further access.
Concerns were also raised about the impact on current neighbours in terms of light and noise pollution despite planting schemes.
Garboldisham Parish Council requested that a caveat is placed on the application, should it be approved, so that the lodges can only be used as holiday accommodation, and not changed to residential use in the future.
Parker Planning Service Ltd said the development would boost local employment and economy.
David Mills, chairman of Blo’ Norton Parish Council, told the Diss Express: “I think the negatives are stronger than the positives could ever be.”
A spokesman for Garboldisham Parish Council said: “It is felt that the number of 25 lodges is too many and, therefore, the council at this time opposes the application.”