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Councillors to visit site of Brancaster Staithe sea school homes plan

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Councillors have narrowly voted to delay their decision over whether to demolish a disused sailing school on the north Norfolk coast and replace it with two new homes.

Instead, West Norfolk Council's planning committee will visit the site of the old Sailcraft Sea School in Brancaster Staithe tomorrow before they vote on the scheme.

Langton Homes Ltd has applied for permission to demolish the three buildings which comprised the former school to make space for the homes.

Brancaster Staithe (54065715)
Brancaster Staithe (54065715)

The school closed in December 2018, and the developer argues that the buildings are “not fit for purpose for modern commercial use”.

Brancaster Parish Council has opposed the plan, saying that they would like the buildings to remain for commercial use.

But West Norfolk Council’s planning officers recommend that the plan be approved, saying they are satisfied by the evidence of non-viability.

The borough council’s planning committee had been due to vote on the plan at a Monday meeting, but local independent councillor Bob Lawton requested at the meeting that the committee visit the site to see it for themselves.

Six councillors voted in favour of delaying their decision, with five voting against the site visit and five abstaining.

The site visit is scheduled to take place on Thursday morning, before committee members reconvene at Lynn Town Hall.

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