City councils have voted to deny permission to demolish a former nursing home and replace it with eight houses in north Norfolk.

Kelling Estate wanted to build a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes on the old Kelling Park Care Home site in front of Holgate Hill behind the Holt Garden Center.

At a meeting of the North Norfolk District Council Development Committee on Thursday, February 25, city councils followed the planning officers’ recommendation and voted by a majority of 10 to four to deny the permit.

The program was recommended for rejection based on a number of factors, including wildlife and environmental concerns, and the fact that the district already has a five-year supply of residential land.

A vision of what the new houses on the former Kelling Park Care Home site could look like.
– Credit: planning documents

Geoff Armstrong, Director of Armstrong Rigg Planning, tried to drive development on behalf of the Kelling Estate.

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He said: “The proposals provide an opportunity to replace a rundown unused building that officials agree has no historical or architectural value with a high quality living scheme with innovative design that promotes high levels of sustainability.”

In an email to the committee, councilor Karen Ward said she was “disappointed” that the motion was recommended for rejection and urged her colleagues to “undo the official’s recommendation and move forward”.

John Toye who is also a member of the North Norfolk District Council.  Image: John Toye

Councilor John Toye was one of those who supported the motion
– Credit: Archant

John Toye said the site is currently occupied by “an ugly, poorly insulated, neglected building” and that the proposed development is “less noticeable” than the current building.

Nigel Lloyd said he “put a lot of emphasis” on the fact that the site is on fallow land.

Mr Lloyd said, “I think this is exactly the kind of property we developers should encourage to build in North Norfolk as we are a avowed councilor on climate emergencies.”

However, Paul Heinrich suggested that the committee accept the officer’s recommendation to reject the development.

He said while on a superficial level the “developer had a good argument for.” [the proposal]”, he asked his colleagues to look” under the surface “.

He said: “It is important that the land is in the AoNB, land that we want to protect. The design of the plots is not related to the local vernacular and brings in tall, narrow buildings and large amounts of glass.

“That is totally atypical for this part of North Norfolk.”