We are disappointed that the Planning Inspectorate has agreed to a land swap at Runton Common, west of Cromer on the north Norfolk coast, to enable Norfolk County Council to carry out highway improvements on the C293 Station Road over the railway.
Because Norfolk County Council is to take, by compulsory purchase, registered common land for its works, it must provide land in exchange. The exchange land is a nearby wooded area.
We are notified of all such applications and we objected to this one.
Explains our local correspondent, Ian Witham: ‘We are not convinced that the highway works, consisting of bridge strengthening and footway improvements, are necessary. We are concerned that they will mar the appearance of the common from the road. They will have an urbanising effect in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
‘We are sad that consent has been granted and this quiet common will be disturbed.’