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Village pet hotel need 'not proven', West Norfolk Council officials say

Developers behind plans for a new “pet hotel” business in a West Norfolk village have failed to demonstrate the scheme is needed, according to planning officials.

Members of West Norfolk Council’s planning committee are due to consider proposals for land in Barroway Drove when they meet next week.

But a report by officials has recommended that the application, which includes an associated house, is refused because of what they say are breaches of planning guidelines.

Planning Applications (1887694)
Planning Applications (1887694)

It points out that the site is outside the built-up area of the village and said a need for the business had not been proven as it is not currently operating.

The report continued: “Whilst a business plan has been provided, it is not considered to sufficiently demonstrate a functional need for a temporary dwelling, let alone a permanent dwelling in this position.”

But the application has been supported by the Stow Bardolph parish council.

Its submission, summarised in the report, argued that the proposal “will be beneficial to the village by tidying the site up and making it more visually appealing for the area in general.

Councillors will consider the application at a meeting on September 13.

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