David Spencer, one of Labour’s campaigners in North Walsham, has said that the shock removal of the trees in front of the HP site is another example of planning failure from the District Council and another example of the Tory administration letting the town down.
He also accused the council of ‘brushing under the carpet’ plans to remove the trees – which had Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) – by burying it within the HP site planning application.
Mr Spencer said: “During district council discussions about the HP site local concerns were overruled resulting in no social housing and no benefits for schools and local facilities. Now the news about the TPO rubs salt deeper into the wounds.
The removal of the TPO should have been a separate planning application to enable a proper discussion about something we consider so important here in North Walsham. The local anger and shock indicates just how little people knew about it. Now we have lost some magnificent trees that will take years to replace the habitats that have been lost.”
He added: “The Conservatives have talked a lot about localism – this is another example of how in North Walsham and North Norfolk it’s yet to happen.”
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