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Date published: 19th December 2017

A decision to approve plans to demolish Blakeney New Rectory and replace it with a modern home, made by the Council's Development Committee in January 2017, was upheld at London’s High Court today (Tuesday 19 December).

In response to the verdict, Cllr. Sue Arnold, North Norfolk District Council's Cabinet portfolio holder for Planning, said: “The ruling of the High Court today is welcome news, and we are pleased that the decision to demolish Blakeney New Rectory, carefully considered by the Council’s Development Committee, has been ruled to have been properly taken in a court of law. 

"The rectory is neither listed nor a heritage asset.  Following today’s decision, the owners can now begin to create a new home using both traditional and contemporary materials.

 "The District Council’s Development Committee considers all planning applications according to relevant information presented to it by professional planning officers and is a democratic process whereby members of the public are able to have their say.  Court action is regrettable, but in this case, it has enabled the Council to successfully defend its decision making process.  The High Court has recognised the fairness of the process adopted by North Norfolk District Council, which is both robust and democratic and has endorsed the correctness of the Development Committee’s decision.  NNDC recognises the public’s right to respond and for close scrutiny of its decision making process, but it is disappointing that this action, brought by North Norfolk Planning Watch, has ultimately resulted in additional and unnecessary costs to local tax payers."

Cllr. Karen Ward, ward member for Blakeney (Glaven Valley), said: “As the Local Member for Blakeney and Wiveton, I am very conscious that there were mixed feelings in both communities about this application - both for and against. It was important to ensure that all sides had an opportunity to make their case and that the decision made by the Development Committee was well informed.

“I am pleased that the High Court took account of the effort we made and recognised that this was a fair process. It is important that residents have confidence in our ability to consider applications fairly when there are difference of opinions.”

Last updated: 19th December 2017