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East Runton ice cream and sweet shop plan set for go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 October 2012

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A bid to convert part of a north Norfolk home into a shop selling ice cream and sweets looks set to get the go-ahead next week.

Charlotte McKnespiey wants to change the use of about 10.5sq m of the ground floor space at Ceres, 16 High Street, East Runton. The building is currently a two-bedroomed semi-detached home.

The parish council objects to the plan because of concerns about a door opening onto a narrow pavement that borders the main coast road.

North Norfolk District Council has also received four letters of objection from people worried that the proposed shop would undermine existing ice-cream outlets. Other concerns include possible parking abuse.

But council planning chiefs are recommending that Thursday’s development committee members approve the scheme, with conditions including that the door must open inwards.

A report to the committee says that the site is within the East Runton Conservation Area.

Although the application is contrary to one policy, SS2, which “does not include retail use as development which requires a rural location,” it is backed by the National Planning Policy Framework, which says policies should support economic growth in rural areas.

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