Crimplesham homes given the OK

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Plans to transform old farm buildings into a veterinary practice have been given the go-ahead despite fears over road safety.

The scheme for the site at Home Farm, Downham Road, Crimplesham, was approved by members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee during a meeting in Lynn on Monday.

Albanwise Ltd, a company based in Barton Bendish, intends to convert several buildings on the site, which it owns, into a new practice which would operate six days a week.

The site, which stands just off the A1122, is just over a mile from the Bexwell roundabout with the A10 and Highways officials warned the plan would have a “detrimental impact” on the safety of the road.

They pointed out that two crashes in which people have been seriously hurt have occurred on the road near the site during the past three years.

And planning officials said the economic benefits of the proposal were outweighed by the risks to road safety.

But, despite sharing concerns over the road, the village’s parish council supported the proposal.

And a letter also submitted to the council to back the application rejected the concerns about the access to the site.

It said: “We should be encouraging new business in the area and a large animal veterinary practice is just what we need locally.

“This is an excellent use of old farm buildings rather than some developer creating a handful of expensive ‘select dwellings’ cheek-by-jowl.”