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Plan submitted for West Lynn butcher's shop expansion

A West Norfolk butcher has drawn up plans for an extension of its shop, which bosses will help to secure the long-term future of the business.

Plans for an expansion and alterations to the layout of the Priors Butchers shop in West Lynn have been submitted to West Norfolk Council.

But some residents have already voiced concerns about the potential impact of the development.

Priors of West Lynn.
Priors of West Lynn.

A report submitted as part of the application said the business has been trading from West Lynn for more than 65 years.

The document claims that an increase in customer levels is not expected as a result of the development.

But it added: "Whilst the shop remains popular, keeping customer waiting times down is one of the biggest challenges the shop has always faced.

"Due to existing building constraints the shop is restricted on how it operates and is limited to what produce it can prepare and display for daily trade.

"A new extension and reconfiguration of the existing premises will allow the shop to efficiently prepare and fully stock the shop with certain produce and key lines that cannot be easily replenished on demand.

"An enlarged service area will also ensure customers are served in a timely manner keeping waiting footfall within store to a minimum."

The report continued: "Throughout four generations, Priors of West Lynn have become an integral part of the village and local economy.

"The proposal will mean the shop can continue to successfully contribute for many more to come."

But three residents have already lodged objections to the plan with the borough council, with traffic issues high on the agenda.

One said there was already "traffic chaos" as a result of the shop's trade.

Another warned: "If permission is granted someone it going to get seriously hurt."

Borough council officials have indicated they aim to make a decision on the application by mid-September.

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