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Cattery vision 'doesn't justify village home bid', say West Norfolk Council officials




Proposals for an animal care facility don’t justify plans for a new house in a West Norfolk village, according to borough council officers.

An application to develop land at Hybrid Farm, The Drove, Barroway Drove, is due to be considered by borough councillors next week.

But planning officers have recommended the outline application, which is described as being for a “dwellinghouse, incorporating small animal care and boarding facility” to be rejected.

Planning Applications. (37078393)
Planning Applications. (37078393)

They said: “Whilst additional pet care facilities and a cattery are referenced in the plans, these are outside of the application site and no detail of these elements has been provided.

“The cattery and additional facilities would require planning permission in their own right and play no role in the current application and does not provide justification for a dwelling in this location.”

But the applicant, listed only as “Client of Hereward Services” claims the scheme will provide a boost for the area.

Their case, summarised in officers’ report to the West Norfolk Council planning committee, said: “This proposal will not only make sustainable use of a parcel of land fit for no other viable purpose, but will provide a new home, with associated social and economic benefits - the latter at a time of significant economic uncertainty.”

The application is also being supported by the village’s parish council.

They said: “The proposal will be beneficial to the village by tidying the site up, making it more visually appealing for the area in general.”

But officers said they had concluded the proposal did not meet policy guidelines for approval.

They said: “Residential development on the site is not considered necessary in terms of development in flood risk areas and the application does not provide wider sustainability benefits to the community.”

The application is due to be considered at a meeting of West Norfolk Council’s planning committee next Monday, June 29.

The session, which begins at 9.30am, will take place over the Zoom conferencing platform and be broadcast on the authority’s YouTube channel.



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