Guest house conversion risk to holiday town aims

A claim by the owner of a guest house in a popular Norfolk seaside town that its conversion to a dwelling would not undermine tourism objectives has been rejected by an inspector who ruled that it would adversely affect the commercial character of the area.

The inspector stated that it was imperative that the guest house character of the street was not undermined, observing that the few residential properties were clearly distinguishable from commercial properties. The dwellings did not make a positive contribution to the character of the road which was focussed on providing accommodation for holidaymakers and visitors. Since the site lay within a defined secondary holiday area and would affect the prevailing character of the locality, the appeal had to fail.

Inspector: Janet Cheesley; Written representations

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