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Adventure golf plan for Cromer boating lake site to be decided this week

PUBLISHED: 17:06 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 07:40 11 July 2018

Cromer boating lake in better days. Dad Andrew Robertson with his children Max (in his boat), Adam (pink boat) and Dominic (yellow boat). Picture: Archant

Cromer boating lake in better days. Dad Andrew Robertson with his children Max (in his boat), Adam (pink boat) and Dominic (yellow boat). Picture: Archant

Councillors will decide this week whether adventure golf should return to the north Norfolk coast, as a proposal to turn a boating lake into a course is decided.

Plans have been submitted to North Norfolk District Council proposing an 18-hole miniature golf course in Evington Gardens in Cromer, in place of the existing boating lake.

The plans for the project suggest it would be designed with “a bespoke Cromer theme” to set it apart from similar courses in the county.

The design would see the course snaking around the site, with nautically-themed features, including a half-sunken model ship and various obstacles across the 18 holes.

The application says: “The theme of the proposed adventure golf course is based on local historic and natural features. The layout takes the player through three zones that are linked together through planting and hard landscape features.”

The three zones will each have separate themes, with zone one reflecting the coastal environment, zone two based on the town’s nautical heritage and the final zone themed around the marine environment.

Zone three will feature players working their way through a chalk reef landscape with a mixture of local and man-made rock features.

A council officer’s report, which will go before the development control committee, praises the project, saying it will not impact the character of the area.

The report says: “The proposed development is considered to be appropriate in design and of an appropriate scale with a bespoke, localised theme.

“In addition, it is considered the development would offer some economic benefit to the town, more so than the current boating lake, and would make a contribution to the range of sustainable tourist activities on offer.”

However, the application has received more than a dozen objections from people living nearby, many of whom fear the project would upset the feel of the seafront.

David Groves, of Fulcher Avenue, said: “The boating lake is a Cromer tradition that should not be changed.” He added losing it would “deprive us of a previously popular attraction”.

The application goes before the committee tomorrow (Thursday), with officers recommending it for approval.

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