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Downham housing scheme 'would overdevelop' former dog grooming site, town council claims

Community leaders have branded plans to turn a former industrial building into housing as an overdevelopment of the site.

Developers are seeking permission to convert a property in Johnson Yard, off Paradise Road, Downham, into three new homes.

The applicant, MRC, argues the plan would make a better use of the building than an alternative business model.

Planning Applications (19654395)
Planning Applications (19654395)

Documents submitted as part of the application to West Norfolk Council said the site had been used most recently as a dog grooming parlour and a storage warehouse.

They added: “However, it is very small in comparison to the commercial premises immediately adjacent and the proposals are to convert it into residential use as has already been done to the surrounding buildings to the south and north.

“It is not in a prime location to the town centre for walk in business, so any potential new business would require a thriving existing customer base.

“Unfortunately the building is simply not large enough for an established business with no opportunity for growth within the existing building or external yard.

“The majority of the building surrounding the proposal development have been converted from commercial to residential properties largely in part to the size of the surrounding buildings and viability of the small business away from the main shopping area of Downham Market.”

But the town council has objected to the scheme, saying: “We feel that it is overdevelopment at three dwellings with access issues.”

The authority also argues that the lack of on-site parking provision will put greater strain on existing parking sites in the town.

West Norfolk Council planning officials have indicated they aim to make a decision on the application by early February.

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