The owner of a Setch sex club has hit back at criticism of her plan to seek a licence to open an adult shop at the site.
Victoria Seed has applied to West Norfolk Council for a licence to open a store at the Annex site in Garage Lane. A public notice of the application was published last week.
The proposal, on which public comments will remain open until June 30, has been criticised by the head of the area’s parish council who claimed it was “not appropriate.”
But Mrs Seed, who obtained planning permission for the club last December, said: “I haven’t had any complaints. The only responses I have received have been positive.
“I think it is appropriate that adult entertainment venues should be licensed so they can operate within legal guidelines and it can be checked on that they are operating correctly.
“We work with Matrix, a national health project, which makes sure people behave safely and appropriately.”
She said she would not be selling sex toys or outfits but would not explain why she needed the licence.
The Annex has been running a sex club for some years.
With its three “playrooms” and “modern dungeon”, it caters for swingers and those with fetish tastes and has an eye-opening website advertising what it has on offer on a regular basis to both couples and singles.
West Norfolk Council granted a change of use application for social meeting place for non-religious purposes in December last year.
Garage Lane has industrial units and some homes.
Setch, a village of just a few hundred people, falls under West Winch Parish Council and the chairman Paul Foster said he was surprised by the application.
He said: “ I would not have thought a sex shop is not appropriate in a hamlet like Setch.
“Hardwick Industrial Estate is full of empty units which would be a more appropriate place than a residential area.
“I am surprised that a sex shop would be appropriate in Setch.”
There are at least two sex shops running in Lynn, including the Adult Warehouse, in the Hardwick Narrows, and the Private Shop in Norfolk Street.
Sex shops, cinemas and sexual entertainment venues are required to have a licence by West Norfolk Council.
The council will accept written objections, which include reasons, until June 30.