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Anger as widely opposed modern quay house gets planning approval

PUBLISHED: 08:08 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 09 November 2017

Hampden House on the East Quay, Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

Hampden House on the East Quay, Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

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Residents in Wells have expressed their anger and frustration after planning permission was granted for a two-storey property to be built next to an existing holiday let.

The East Quay at Wells. Picture: Ian BurtThe East Quay at Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

An application to convert the land next to Hampden House, on the town’s East Quay, was initially submitted to North Norfolk District Council by a Mr Chick in April this year.

After objections from residents the proposal was withdrawn by the applicant but a revised scheme, to demolish the existing boundary walls and erect a two-storey building, was submitted in July.

This was granted full planning permission by NNDC on Tuesday, October 31. But residents say that concerns about the development were ignored.

Alex Tsentides, 50, a chartered surveyor who owns a home in Wells, said: “It’s quite clear to me that the proposal is at loggerheads with planning regulations.

Hampden House (left of picture) on the East Quay, Wells. Picture: Ian BurtHampden House (left of picture) on the East Quay, Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

“[It will] completely block the view of several properties.”

Wells town council submitted a unanimous formal objection to the proposal to NNDC but Mr Tsentides said that during the planning meeting district councillors seemed uninterested in hearing objections from residents and the town council and that objections from the Norfolk Coast Partnership were also ignored.

Mr Tsentides has “questioned the objectivity” of some expert reports submitted in support of the planning application which were prepared by JPC Environmental Services, a subsidiary of JP Chick & Partners Ltd.

But a spokesman for North Norfolk District Council said: “The fact that an applicant has a professional background as a consulting civil and structural engineer, and so has submitted technical reports in support of his proposal through his companies does not mean they lack objectivity.”

Wells resident Elizabeth Cox also objected to the development, describing the plans as a “modern build in the middle of fishermans’ cottages”.

She said: “It will have a big impact on the area. I didn’t like the way it was handled and neither did Wells Town Council.

“I’m the only local left on East Quay, surrounded by holiday lets. It was very quaint and that’s what made it special.

“Now they’re making it the same as everywhere else.”

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