Plans to end Little Plumstead “chaos” are unanimously approved

Little Plumstead village sign.

Little Plumstead village sign.

Car parking “chaos” looks set to be eased in Little Plumstead after planning permission was unanimously approved to create 10 new car parking spaces by removing a hedgerow.

"The grass verges are continually car fouled by cars parking for access to the village hall."

Local resident Peter Lanyon

Little Plumstead Village Hall hosts a pre-school group which has over 60 pupils and residents have become fed up with parents who have nowhere to park cutting up grass verges.

Congestion has caused problems on Crowes Loke and nearby Spencer Close, prompting Great and Little Plumstead Parish Council to apply for an additional 10 car parking spaces at the village hall.

Parish councillor for the Little Plumstead ward Glen Edwards attended the meeting of Broadland District Council’s Planning Committee which approved the plans.

He said: “The village hall was built in the 1970s when the car park usage was a lot less. The main function of the car park now is for the very successful pre-school held at the village hall which has grown with the community of Little Plumstead.

“But some residents have expressed concerns with the parking arrangements at certain times of the day.

“Various options have been considered, including taking up more of the playing field for car parking, but there was a great deal of objections about the loss of green space.

“So these plans are basically the best compromise that the parish council could come up with.”

The 10 new spaces will go along the road frontage of the playground, opposite residential properties along Crowes Loke.

The 25-metre wide space will be shingled and as the existing hedgerow is to be removed a Beech is proposed to be planted between the car parking spaces and the playground.

One of the concerned residents from Spencer Close, Peter Lanyon, also attended the meeting to urge the committee to approve the plans. He said: “The grass verges are continually car fouled by cars parking for access to the village hall. People are destroying the grass verges with their cars.”

Do you approve of the plans? Contact local reporter Annabelle Dickson on 01603 772426 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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