READER LETTER: ‘We desperately need more bungalows’
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I am replying to your article (North Norfolk News, October 25) regarding second homes.
I live in a four-bedroom house on a very basic pension that is not sufficient to pay my everyday bills. I have been trying to move for years to downsize to a three or three bed bungalow with hopefully a little cash left over live on for a few more years.
The price of the few bungalows that come on the market is now so high that it would actually cost me to move.
A suitable bungalow would now cost as much as I would get for my house. I am 72 years old but not ready for a flat. That would be a step too far for me but because of problems with osteoporosis and a few health problems I am desperate to move before it becomes physically impossible.
My point is that this is a big retirement area for elderly people who need bungalows and planning doesn't seem to be insisting on the building of bungalows.
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What does come on the market is snapped up by people moving here or buying a second home, putting the prices beyond my reach.
I am stuck in a big house that I can no longer maintain, with nowhere affordable to move to.
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When you reach a certain age you don't want to be forced out of the town in which you were born, as I may have to and you don't need to be forced into inferior semi detached so called affordable homes. We need small, two-bed, detached bungalows with a tiny garden, especially for retired but still active people.
Please can you point this out to our local planning office.
I really despair about the position I am in and it causes me so much fear and anxiety.
Would really appreciate your help in bringing awareness to this dilemma.
MS MARILYN WOODROW