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Proposals to build four new industrial units in Hoveton prompts major objections

PUBLISHED: 12:29 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 14 February 2017

The North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) offices in Cromer.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) offices in Cromer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A marine company could move into four new industrial units in a village field if councillors back a major proposal to build near a residential area.

The application to demolish an unused 50sqm single-storey building on Hoveton’s Stalham Road Industrial Estate and obtain full planning permission for a new two-storey 532sqm industrial unit will be debated by the North Norfolk District Council development committee this Thursday.

Councillors will also consider outline planning permission for three more employment buildings on the same site, which backs onto a residential area.

The units would be two storeys high and range from 95sqm and 450sqm.

The application from FW Properties Ltd has been recommended for approval by planning officers, with several conditions, despite major objections.

If the plans go-ahead, Benthic Solutions Limited (BSL), an independent marine environmental consultancy and survey company based on Marsh Road in Hoveton, will move onto the site.

Planning documents reveal objections from the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

There are also two petitions containing 57 signatures from Hoveton residents close to the proposed site and 12 letters of representations against the “inappropriate” proposals.

There are no letters of support.

Hoveton Parish Council objected because of concerns over the impact on residents from loss of privacy, smoke and fumes, loss of agricultural land and HGV noise.

District council member Nigel Dixon, who represents Hoveton area, said “the site represents an important economic growth opportunity but has raised significant local concern”, according to planning documents.

An applicant’s statement said: “BSL is a young expanding company. Its premises are currently a rented pre-fabricated unit within a boat yard.”

It said 11 of its staff are working in “cramped conditions” and an additional three staff work remotely.

The company has recruited but has no facilities to accommodate its new staff or visitors.

It added: “The need to relocate is clear as the current site is very constrained. The business is capable of growing the knowledge-based industry in north Norfolk which is currently a small proportion of overall employment, and increasing, which would help reduce the economy’s reliance on a large number of small businesses.”

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