Starter homes plan for site of derelict pub in Walpole Cross Keys

Former pub, The Woolpack at Walpole Cross Keys
Former pub, The Woolpack at Walpole Cross Keys

Plans to transform a derelict pub into starter homes has been welcomed by parish councillors.

The former Woolpack in Walpole Cross Keys could be demolished to make way for eight semi-detached homes if planners give the green light.

Westways Estate Agents, which is based in London, has submitted an outline application to West Norfolk Council to develop the site.

The move is being welcomed by Walpole Cross Keys Parish Council chairman John Fox, who feels it will clear up an eyesore while helping to keep younger residents in the village.

Mr Fox said: “We very much welcome it. It is unfortunate that we have lost the Woolpack but that is a fact of life now.

“This will give a lot of starter homes which we don’t have.

“Also part of the plan is to give a parcel of land to the school to give it some extra parking space.

“The site is close to a regular bus service and it is very central to the village. This will put a bit of life back into that part of the village.”

The planning application seeks permission to build the two bedroom homes in blocks of four in red brick with red pantiles. A total of 22 car parking spaces are requested along with a cesspit for sewage.

An estate road is also being requested within the plans.

The design and access statement says: “Following a meeting with the headteacher and governor of Walpole Cross Keys Primary School and the parish council, it was agreed that 130sq m of land adjacent to the entrance of the school be transferred to the school site to allow a suitable access point for a fire tender and car parking for the school.”

The Woolpack has been closed since January 2009 after an environmental health inspection found it was infested with mice and needed major refurbishments.

A number of planning applications to develop housing on the site have been made in 2009 and 2011 but were unsuccessful.