More homes planned for old Gayton pub site

The Rampant Horse Pub site at Gayton ANL-151022-110551009

The Rampant Horse Pub site at Gayton ANL-151022-110551009

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Proposals to build two more homes in the car park of an old village pub have been condemned as “over-development” by community leaders.

Plans to convert the former Rampant Horse pub in Gayton into four homes were approved by West Norfolk Council in October.

And the site’s owners, Freebridge Community Housing, have also revealed they want to build a further 24 properties at the back of the site.

But a separate application for two homes in the car park area is due to be examined by the borough council’s planning committee on Monday.

Officers have recommended the scheme for approval, saying the need for new housing in the borough outweighs any harm caused by it.

But the village’s parish council has objected because of its concerns over the loss of the car park, which also serves nearby businesses and venues, such as the Jubilee Hall.

The authority says it would withdraw that objection if alternative parking was provided in a suitable location.

But it added: “The application represents overdevelopment causing a loss of amenities and access to facilities.”

However, planners said: “The development could be accommodated whilst respecting the form

and character of the area and residential amenity whilst not adversely impacting on road safety.

“The proposal would result in the loss of a car park that the public have become accustomed to using over time but which is actually private.”

The scheme is one of several contentious planning applications which are currently being considered for the village.

A second public consultation session is due to take place next month on multi-million plans to build a new village school on the corner of Back Street and Winch Road.

The Gayton Estates, which owns that site, is also seeking planning permission for 40 new homes near the school’s current location.