Plans go in for 29 homes at old Stoke Ferry petrol station

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Homes could be built on a former petrol station site – if new plans come together.

Stoke Ferry Regeneration is hoping to build 29 homes on the cleared 1.17 hectare site in Lynn Road.

Developers are hoping to construct a mixture of two to four bedroom houses along with providing a car park and access route for the existing Stoke Ferry Village Hall.

This bid comes weeks after planners on West Norfolk Council gave the green light for 36 homes to be built on land south of Lark Road earlier this month.

The current application’s design and access statement says the site has remained vacant since its buildings were demolished in the early 2000s.

The application states: “The site contains spoil heaps from various clearances and excavations and which are understood to contain asbestos and potential hydrocarbon contamination associated with the former use as a filling station.

“The contaminated site is in need of significant remediation costs in bringing forward this proposal, such that the applicant considers that the requirement for provision of a proportion of affordable homes would make the commercial viability of the development unreasonable.

“A viability statement which contains confidential financial information is submitted in support of this application and the applicant requests that the policy requirement is withdrawn on this occasion.

“The previous scheme on adjoining land to the north is a wholly affordable scheme, and this scheme proposes to provide a pedestrian/cycle link from that site to the village as a shorter, safer, route to village facilities.”

The proposed homes are to be built in the local materials of buff brick and clay pantiles with timer and render.

The application states: “The intention of the design is to produce a variety of houses which deliver much-needed family homes whilst respecting the appearance, massing, and scale of the assortment of houses along Lynn Road in materials which ‘fit in’ to the locality and which are designed to modern standards of energy efficiency.”

The development, which lies in the village’s conservation area, would also incorporate a car park and access route for the existing village hall.

Earlier this month an unnamed developer, who is a client of Gordon Smith, to put up 36 homes in the village.

Councillors had raised concerns about the impact on the village school.