Barking mad? Planners asked to consider 57 pet dogs likely to live on Pontins estate
PUBLISHED: 19:05 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:46 18 July 2018
Responses to the latest Pontins application at Hemsby are coming in thick and fast - including one about dogs.
Natural England has raised concerns about the number of pooches likely to live on the proposed 190-home estate and whether there is enough space to walk them.
In a letter to the borough council the government’s conservation quango raised an issue over the quality and quantity of green spaces on the derelict site.
A homes, caravans and shops scheme has been put forward by its owners Northern Trust and is under consultation.
Under the plans the landmark site will be home to a combined total of 240 dwellings - 190 homes plus 50 holiday units.
Assuming that 30pc of the households will have dogs - in line with the national average - there will be around 57 animals needing to be walked an average of 3.3km twice a day.
The letter says: “We recommend resident dog walkers have access to promoted and signposted circular walks of average length onsite and/or withing walking distance of the proposed development.
“This should include dog waste bins and incorporate safe off-the-lead areas.”
At least 50 people have commented on the redevelopment plans with concerns spanning the burden on local services, impact on employment, and worries about additional traffic.
Most of the respondents having their say via the borough council’s planning portal want it remain in tourism use.
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Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has written to planners asking them to reject the scheme.
He said: “There is considerable will among the local people, to find a long-term solution to the site, however, that does not necessarily mean that this application is the correct one.
“It is clear to me that the majority of the local community wish for the site to be retained for tourist use. “This has been evidenced by the strength of local opposition to previous applications, and also more recently when I conducted a community survey in the village.
“This application, if approved, would result in a significant reduction in the potential bed capacity of the Hemsby tourism industry, act as a hindrance to the future development of the Beach Road/Newport Road tourism hub, and place disproportionate development in a single Primary Village. As such, I hope that the committee is minded to stand up for local residents and reject this application.”
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