Land behind Hunstanton’s Tesco store which could be developed. Picture: Tony Jones

Consultation has begun on plans for an affordable housing development in Hunstanton and the potential redevelopment of the bus station site.

Land at Alexandra Road, behind Tesco, is set to be developed as part of the Government’s Community Housing Fund.

The scheme is part of a government-backed project to make the most of public sector assets in the town which could also see the relocation of Hunstanton library and improved access to bus services.

Around £50,000 of funding has been secured to undertake feasibility and traffic studies in the town.

Adrian Lawrence, West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for housing and community, said: “Areas on the North Norfolk coast, such as Hunstanton, are affected by their strong second homes market. House prices get pushed up and it becomes increasingly difficult for local people to buy or rent their own home in the town.

“This funding will help to address that need. The site will feature a larger proportion of affordable homes, with a smaller proportion available for sale on the open market.”

Consultation with community groups will start shortly and an open consultation event will take place early in 2018, ahead of any planning application being submitted.

The second element of the project will look at the potential for Hunstanton library and the bus station site.

The borough council has begun talks with Hunstanton Town council an Norfolk County Council about the various options available, which could include the relocation of the library.

Alistair Beales, the borough council cabinet member for corporate projects and assets, said: “We are at the very early stages of looking for options to provide better access to the library services.

“If we are able to find a suitable alternative location then this could potentially open us the bus station site for redevelopment.

“Over the coming months we will also be undertaking traffic studies to see what opportunities there may be for improving town-wide access to the bus services.”

The schemes come under the umbrella of One Public Estate –Hunstanton and are based on sites highlighted in the 2008 Hunstanton Masterplan and associated 2015 Economic Plan for Hunstanton which can be seen on the borough council website www.west-norfolk.gov.uk

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