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Butcher's bid to 'futureproof' business by moving backed by West Norfolk councillors

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Councillors have unanimously approved plans for the relocation of a West Norfolk butcher's shop which has served customers for more than 60 years.

Bosses of Priors of West Lynn told a borough planning meeting today that relocation to a site off Clenchwarton Road would "futureproof" the business for future generations.

And a ward representative told the committee the scheme showed the business wanted to be a "good neighbour".

Priors of West Lynn.. (55188459)
Priors of West Lynn.. (55188459)

The business is seeking to move from its present premises in St Peter's Road, even though it was only given permission to expand that site in 2020.

The meeting was told there have been long-standing problems with parking and road safety around the current shop premises, including neighbours being unable to access their own properties.

Andrew Prior, representing the firm, told the committee: "We've completely exhausted every inch of space."

He said he is the fourth generation of the family to have run the business and they hoped to "futureproof" it for following generations, including his own sons.

And ward councillor Charles Joyce told members: "This application shows they want to be good neighbours."

Concerns had been raised about potential flood risks around the proposed development site, which is next to the old A17 through the village and is currently overgrown.

However, Mr Joyce said he had been assured that the owner of neighbouring land would not object to diggers being brought in to clear nearby drainage ditches.

He also argued the new location would promote active travel options as it is accessible on foot or by cycling from the town itself.

Objectors also raised concerns about vehicle access to the site and development of land considered to be in open countryside.

But committee member Chris Crofts said the application was "exceptional" in the latter respect.

He said: "Clearly it's a very successful business and clearly it would be better if it was somewhere better".

Former borough mayor David Whitby said the parking problems around the existing site were a key reason in favour of moving.

And independent Jo Rust added: "It's really good to know they want to stay in the area. That's important."

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