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New Cromer police station goes ahead

PUBLISHED: 08:29 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:43 20 May 2010

A new police station at Cromer has been agreed by planners, despite some concerns from a local councillor.

The operational deployment base on Holt Road, next to North Norfolk District Council's offices, will have space for up to 40 staff and 25 vehicles.

A new police station at Cromer has been agreed by planners, despite some concerns from a local councillor.

The operational deployment base on Holt Road, next to North Norfolk District Council's offices, will have space for up to 40 staff and 25 vehicles.

It is on the site of the current caretaker's bungalow and eats into a farm field next door in an area zoned both for employment and as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The district council's east area development control committee agreed to the plan yesterday.

But local member Keith Johnson aired concerns about building in the AONB - where there have been previous concerns about siting a gipsy travellers camp - but felt they were overridden by the need for a new police station.

He also questioned why the building - an off-the-peg design with an eco-friendly sedum roof like the one being built at Aylsham - did not have the same wind turbine power generator as it was in an even breezier location on the top of the coastal hill.

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