Home bid for ex-West Norfolk village chapel set for council vote
A former Baptist chapel in a West Norfolk village could be converted into a private home under proposals due to go before councillors next week.
A residents’ group and community leaders in Stow Bardolph are opposed to the planned conversion of the site in Gooding Close, which is currently used as an art studio and holiday home.
But West Norfolk Council officers have advised approval of the scheme when it is debated at a planning committee meeting next Monday, January 11.
Objectors claim the site is not suitable for permanent residential use because of its close proximity to a riverbank.
They also highlighted a 2015 enforcement notice barring use of the property for residential purposes, due to flood risk and access concerns.
But officers said those concerns had been addressed in the new application, submitted by Pat Wallace.
Their report concluded: “The conversion would secure the future of the former Baptist Chapel in a manner that would not significantly affect its appearance and maintain its status as a nondesignated heritage asset.
“The sustainability benefits afforded to the provision of a new dwelling, and its contribution towards the supply of housing in this village, would outweigh any flood risk implications/concerns.”