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Norfolk Labour parliamentary candidate pledges to save historic village buildings




A South West Norfolk parliamentary candidate has expressed concerns over the future of historic village buildings in light of housing development plans.

Labour Party candidate Emily Blake visited Stoke Ferry on Wednesday as part of her election campaign which included visits to the Blue Bell Public House and the animal feed factory on Lynn Road.

There is a planning application to turn the pub into a private residence which is awaiting a decision from West Norfolk Council.

Emily Blake, with activists Jim McNeill, William Alderson, John Preston and Neil Payne
Emily Blake, with activists Jim McNeill, William Alderson, John Preston and Neil Payne

Campaigners joined Miss Blake to express concerns in light of a further planning application by 2Agriculture to build 100 new houses on the factory’s two sites.

2Agriculture owns the factory but plan to replace it with housing when the company leaves the village in two years’ time.

Miss Blake said: “What we really should be doing is looking after them as part of Norfolk Heritage . It’s a shame that these old buildings are falling into disrepair.

Emily Blake, SW Norfolk Labour Party Candidate in Stoke Ferry outside the 2Agriculture factory with Jim McNeill, William Alderson and John Preston
Emily Blake, SW Norfolk Labour Party Candidate in Stoke Ferry outside the 2Agriculture factory with Jim McNeill, William Alderson and John Preston

“It’s a sad state to see really, especially when the company owned them but are refusing to incorporate them into their planning applications. There will be 100 new homes but they they are abandoning listed buildings.

“I would clearly do all I could to try to stop them and will be attending a meeting in January or February. I am not sure how much power we will have as they [2Agriculture] are a huge company, but it is about representing the people to make sure they are heard.

“With the pub [potentially] being gone, people do not have that place to socialise and make contact with friends. So residents are facing both of these things at the moment.”

Outside the Blue Bell Public House in Stoke Ferry
Outside the Blue Bell Public House in Stoke Ferry

The other South West Norfolk candidates are Liz Truss (Conservative), Pallavi Devulapalli (Green), Earl Elvis Of Outwell (Monster Raving Loony Party) and Josie Ratcliffe (Liberal Democrat).

Emily Blake, SW Norfolk Labour Party Candidate outside the 2Agriculture factory with activists and residents
Emily Blake, SW Norfolk Labour Party Candidate outside the 2Agriculture factory with activists and residents
2Agriculture factory site in Stoke Ferry
2Agriculture factory site in Stoke Ferry

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