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'At night it's lit up like a Christmas tree' - Owners told to remove swimming pool and demolish Norfolk home

PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:53 18 August 2019

Arcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David Bale

Arcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David Bale

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It's a new building dubbed an "eyesore" by many residents of a picturesque north Norfolk village.

Arcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David BaleArcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David Bale

The striking house known as Arcady in Holt Road, Cley, does, however, have its supporters.

The building is occupied by London theatre producer Adam Spiegel and his wife Charlotte. but neither was at the property and available for comment when the EDP visited yesterday.

North Norfolk District Council has served an enforcement notice on the couple to take all the buildings on the site down, and many neighbours hope they do.

One man, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's completely out of place and an eyesore."

Arcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David BaleArcady in Holt Road, Cley. Pictures: David Bale

Staff at the nearby Three Swallows pub had mixed feelings about it. One man said: "Something has fundamentally gone wrong at the planning department at the council. But it's awkward because the people who live there come in here, as do the people dead against the house."

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However, another man said: "It's a modern building in what can be a boring village. I don't have anything against it."

Another neighbour added: "I know a lot of people don't like it, but there are buildings similar to it on the coast road, so it's got to be the same rule for everybody. It does not bother me."

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However, one of her neighbours was totally opposed to it. He said: "Before it was there, we looked up the street and saw just trees and a modest bungalow. That building dominates everywhere you can see now. It's a shame because this area, Newgate Green, used to be a lovely place. At night it's lit up like a Christmas tree. We had no light pollution here before."

An enforcement notice requiring the demolition of the two-storey building was issued by the district council for a "breach of planning control".

The notice states the development is "materially different" to that approved by planning permission.

The owners must demolish the two-storey dwelling/studio/annexe, and permanently remove the swimming pool and infill, within nine months of September 3, the date the notice takes effect, unless an appeal is made against it.

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