West Norfolk butchers Priors of West Lynn submits relocation proposal to move to new site on edge of village
A four-generation family butchers, which has been based in the centre of West Lynn for more than 60 years, wants to relocate to a new site on the edge of the village.
Priors of West Lynn has told planners that it has outgrown its current site and that a move would solve ongoing parking and amenity issues in the heart of a residential area.
It was given permission last year to expand the existing shop premises in St Peters Road – in the face of some local opposition.
But the company sees this as only a short term solution which would not resolve the problems.
The plot earmarked is opposite 92 Clenchwarton Road on the old A17 and is current vacant and overgrown with scrub.
The business is now in its 65th year of trading. It was originally started by Edward Hector Prior in 1956 with just one employee. The business was then handed to Eric Prior and eventually taken over by his son Chris Prior in January, 1988.
Chris has seen the business grow from that of four members of staff to one that now employees over 30 people including his son Andrew.
In a statement to West Norfolk planners, Andrew Prior said: “We have simply outgrown our existing site and, with no allocated parking, even the quietest of days can present numerous challenges around traffic, parking and congestion.
“The traffic situation in the village centre is only likely to get worse with the proposed housing developments for West Lynn and surrounding areas.
“By us moving to the new site it would immediately take 1,500 customer visits (mostly by car) and up to 50 deliveries a week out of the village centre, therefore substantially easing congestion through the village and all the way along St Peter’s Road.
“Also, many of our staff currently use the parking spaces in Ferry Square which would free up much needed room for the ferry services into the town centre.
“For us, staying somewhere within West Lynn is the only option, as we are fully focused on remaining true to our heritage and local roots.
“Away from this many of our employees are based in West Lynn themselves and currently walk/cycle to work on a daily basis.”
Mr Prior said that the proposed site is just outside the heart of the village but still accessible and would give the company a chance to expand and create more local jobs. He said current staff levels of 32 would increase to 40.
It would also be convenient for commuters using the old main road through the villages of West Lynn, Clenchwarton, Terrington St Clement.
The planners have been told that the site is just outside though adjacent to the current village development boundary but there are no other suitable or available sites.