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Date published: 9th September 2016

A new 48 space car park, with six blue badge spaces and a new toilet block, could be built on the old tennis courts at North Lodge Park in Cromer.

The east end of town has been in need of more parking for years and now a planning application lodged by North Norfolk District Council seeks to address this challenge.

The majority of public car parking facilities to serve Cromer town centre, beach and promenade attractions are located to the west of the town centre and include The Meadow, Cadogan Road and Runton Road car parks.

“The east end of Cromer has been crying out for more car parking for many years and we want to tackle this need by good use of a brownfield site and at an appropriate scale,” said North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Assets, John Rest.

“This will be a positive move for businesses at this end of town, visitors, the wider tourism offer in Cromer, people wanting level access to the Rocket House lift and for footfall in North Lodge Park itself.

“We know more and more people are coming to Cromer and we have to provide the facilities they need. This will help the town to grow and expand, taking advantage of the increasing number of tourists as well as helping residents.

“We have also increased the number of disabled bays above and beyond the policy we normally operate to because we felt it was appropriate to do so in this location.

“The project also makes use of a redundant building to build excellent new, accessible toilets.”

If it receives planning approval, the new pay and display car park would be built on a part of North Lodge Park adjacent to Overstrand Road. The area in question is ‘brownfield’ and has previously been used for tennis and a children’s play area. For several years it has been redundant as a public space and is now used by the Council’s parks unit for storage of vehicles.

The project includes plans to build a new, independent entrance and exit on to Overstrand Road to the east of the existing access, identified after consultation with Highways officers.

There will be a height restriction barrier in place to prevent use by camper vans and commercial vehicles.

The former bandstand/park attendant’s building would be turned into a new public toilet block including male, female, accessible and baby-changing facilities. These new toilets would replace the dated facilities to the rear of the tea rooms.

Pedestrian access from the car park would be provided into North Lodge Park in the north-west corner of the car park, coming out into the Park opposite the tea-room, allowing safe pedestrian access to the town centre and beach beyond via The Gangway, or the Rocket House lift. Pedestrian access to the shops at the east end of Church Street would also be available via existing pavements on Overstrand Road.

If the project goes ahead, the boating lake, café, children’s playgroup and the use of North Lodge would be unaffected.

Last updated: 26th September 2016