Plan submitted to repair Swaffham’s Buttercross

The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402160040
The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402160040
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Plans to carry out repairs to Swaffham’s historic Buttercross have been submitted to district council officials.

The town council has applied for planning and listed building consent to carry out work on the Grade One Listed structure in the Market Place.

The authority also plans to install new lighting, paving and benches around the square.

Meanwhile, the existing bollards around the site will be replaced with lighting bollards, which officials say will create a “pool of light” around the monument.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the planning application to Breckland Council said: “The Town Council are keen to improve the environment of the Buttercross and reduce the haphazard undulating nature of the surrounding granite cobbles.”

The authority added that it wants to improve the “setting” of the square by installing the additional lighting.

And the document, which was prepared by Jeremy Stacey Architects of Beachamwell, who are the council’s agent, also says the authority intends to retain as much of the original structure as possible.

Originally built in 1783, lead work on the building was repaired around 15 years ago and the statement said those works appeared to be “sound”.

A decision on the application is expected to be reached by mid-February.