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Church plans for a shop on Lynn industrial estate

The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church is hoping to open a members-only shop on the Hardwick Narrows industrial estate, at Lynn.

Plans have been submitted to West Norfolk planners for the retail outlet to be set up in an unused industrial unit in Hereford Way.

The premises would be used for the wholesale delivery of mainly food and household goods to be sold only to the church community and to cross-fund the Brethren school charities at Swaffham. At present the nearest similar Brethren shop is at Dereham.

In the planning application for the change of use of the unit, the proposed outlet it is described as akin to a corner shop with floor space of only 235 square metres and will serve a members' community of about 60 households. Turnover is about £8,000 a month net profit which will be transferred to fund OneSchool.

It will be run by staff during core hours helped by volunteers if necessary and, outside those times, members, who will have their own individual registration numbers, will be able to access and buy by self-scanning.

It is described in the planning application as a bespoke private members' retail club and the site is at the back of premises operated by Eastern Adaptions, a business owned and run by a Brethren member.

The building is currently vacant and would require a single entrance door and a separate loading door. There will be no shop front.

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