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Plans to demolish a disused sailing school and build two new homes in its place were backed by West Norfolk councillors today.

Members of the borough council’s planning committee visited the site of the old Sailcraft Sea School in Brancaster Staithe before debating the scheme at Lynn Town Hall.

The committee deferred a decision during their scheduled meeting on Monday, so that they could see the site for themselves.

King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (49900631)
King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (49900631)

They then voted 11 to one to approve the application following the visit this morning.

Ward representative Bob Lawton opposed the scheme, arguing the homes would be too close to existing properties.

He also warned that on-street parking could cause safety problems, though officials said a condition requiring on-site parking could be enforced.

Cllr Bob Lawton, Brancaster ward member for West Norfolk Council (49681395)
Cllr Bob Lawton, Brancaster ward member for West Norfolk Council (49681395)

Independent leader Terry Parish said he sympathised with parish councillors who called for a continuing commercial use for the site.

His deputy, Sandra Squire, said the rent being sought for the site was beyond most business owners, but conceded she could not find a planning reason for refusal.

Conservative councillor Tony Bubb warned the site was likely to remain derelict if the application by Langton Homes was not approved.

He added: “On balance, we have got a better option with these homes.”



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