Major Wells carpark approved

Planning permission has been granted for a major new car park in Wells.

The Holkham Estate is to transform two hectares of grassland in Freeman Street, currently used for horse grazing, into a car park with space for 291 cars, 20 cycles and five coaches.

North Norfolk District Council approved the plans, subject to conditions, at a meeting on Thursday despite opposition in the community.

Wells Town Council supported the project as a solution to parking shortages in the town, but the district council has received 20 letters of objection raising a number of concerns.

There are fears the car park, to built in phases, will destroy an area of outstanding natural beauty, pose a flood risk and create highways dangers.

Pedestrian access from the car park to the town centre would be along a gravelled road with a timber boardwalk over a drainage ditch. It would end at the Beach Road football ground, where it would link in to existing pedestrian routes into town.