Dear friends —
I am sorry to have to tell you that the NNDC Development Committee approved the application to demolish the New Rectory.
Despite the large number of clear objections, the evidence submitted, and the planning policy arguments made by SAVE Britain’s Heritage, the C20th Society and us all, the Committee voted unanimously to approve the application (with only a minor amendment to insist on retaining hedging to the south).
I spoke to object; Mr Hudson from the applicants’ architects spoke for the proposals. Our local councillor Karen Ward gave a summary of local sentiment and why she had called the case in. The NNDC officials gave a decent summary of the arguments but did not focus on the conservation area point.
Thanks to all of you — especially to Chris Wheeler for coming along today to give moral support.
Barendina and I are very grateful for your support advice and friendship throughout this process.
We will now consult urgently with our lawyers and planning consultants to see if there are grounds for judicial review or other ways forward. We are not going to give up until all angles have been explored.
Whatever happens here, we have learnt a lot more about the planning process and the need for vigilance and early efforts to protect the built and landscape environment. Perhaps we can all meet soon to see what pre-emptive action we can take to prevent further undesirable development?
(PS, from Barendina – please do pass this email on to anyone whom you think might be interested in preserving what is left of the swiftly-vanishing character of our own part of north Norfolk.)
Iain & Barendina Smedley
The Old Rectory
Norfolk NR25 7NJ