Road concern over Methwold barn conversion proposal

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Plans to convert three Grade II listed barns into homes have been supported by planning officers, despite opposition from roads chiefs.

An application for the site at Hall Farm, Hall Farm Drive, Methwold, will be considered by the West Norfolk Council planning committee at a meeting next week.

But, although planning officials have recommended the scheme is approved, Norfolk County Council Highways officers have voiced objections because of limited visibility for motorists.

They say the plan falls “well short” of minimum safety standards.

And they warned: “In the absence of any mitigation measures coming forward, I believe that an approval of the application would result in an intensification of traffic through an access which is substandard and would create conditions to the detriment of highway safety.”

But planners said: “The existing buildings, being Grade II listed in their own right, make a significant contribution to the Methwold Conservation Area.

“There is no doubt that the best method of securing a future for them is to ensure that they are brought back into active use.

“Conversion for residential purposes is considered the most appropriate way forward for the site.

“Therefore it is considered on balance that the benefits to the heritage assets and wider historic environment from bringing the barns back into active use, along with the advantages of providing three residential units for the village of Methwold, outweigh the concerns raised by Norfolk County Highways in this case.”

The application is one of several current housing schemes for the village which have raised concerns among residents in recent weeks.

The committee meeting takes place at King’s Court in Lynn on Monday.