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Welney heritage centre and campsite on the cards




A heritage centre detailing the history of Welney and a campsite could be created in the village.

Adam Giles wants to use family land and disused buildings at Bramley House in Back Drove.

If permission is granted by West Norfolk Council for a change of use, it's hoped that the development would attract visitors and help boost the limited supply of accommodation for them in the area.

One of the current buildings on site in Welney which form part of the proposal (42481484)
One of the current buildings on site in Welney which form part of the proposal (42481484)

A supporting statement with the planning application says: "The application and his family are steeped in Fen life and especially the unique characteristics of Welney.

"They intend to change one or more of the buildings on site to be a Welney Heritage Centre incorporating historic artefacts, photos, and video presentations showing detail of Welney life including land drainage, farming, and ice skating (the applicant is a professional filmmaker)."

The property which would be developed is a former landscaping yard. The business plan is based on having about 20 to 25 pitches.

A proposed layout of the site. Blue and green hatching is Bramley House and car parking. Red is camping and yellow is camping and other events. Purple is woodland/play area. (42481482)
A proposed layout of the site. Blue and green hatching is Bramley House and car parking. Red is camping and yellow is camping and other events. Purple is woodland/play area. (42481482)

The statement says: "The WWT Welney had 35,710 visitors 2017-18 (WWT annual accounts) and having reviewed holiday accommodation websites there is relatively little holiday accommodation within the village or vicinity - indeed the WWT website focuses on accessibility from the nearest large towns and the transportation network.

"It is considered that the campsite would add to available accommodation for those wanting to visit the Washes for a longer period."

In conclusion, it says: "The applicant and his family are passionate about the Fens and see the project as an important social and economic development to record the history of the area as well as providing economic benefits to the area."



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