We have previously posted about the charming traditional Norfolk red brick cottage ~ said to be one of the sole surviving fen cottages in the village of Hoveton. Sadly, the building was pulled down last week. The final phase of leveling the area began around 7am on the morning of Saturday 19th. It appears the local statutory authorities and heritage agencies approved the demolition. Ironically, the very character and culture that draws visitors to Broadland is slowly being eroded.
Broadland Cottage was symbolic of the kind of iconic buildings, which have either been lost or defaced in recent times. Examples include the removal of a late nineteenth century wood and metal house, located on Black Horse Broad, or Hoveton Little Broad ~ inhabited by the world renowned photographer Peter Henry Emerson, amongst others. The demolition of the Arts & Crafts style Petersfield House on Lower Street, Horning, latterly a hotel with plentiful riverside moorings and the extension and alterations of Hunsett Mill cottage, Stalham have been highly controversial. Likewise, a pair of flint and brick cottages beside Stalham Staithe have been scheduled for demolition, against a wave of local protests.
It has been suggested that some new housing and leisure developments are overbearing and some over developed. Planning Authorities appear to play with words, such as the frequently used term 'in keeping with the area', yet despite the obvious being pointed out, they justify their decisions by turning any objections (being negative) to their advantage, 'smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone'.
Next, we shall look into the crisis facing the wealth of specialist water craft, mainly wooden boats kept in Broadland.
You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.
HRH Prince Charles