Pavilion plans pulled as grave concerns' expressed

PUBLISHED: 10:43 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

PLANS for a £100,000 replacement sports pavilion in a Fen village hall have been withdrawn after council officials expressed grave concerns over its location. Police also made strong representations about the pavilion due to be built on the Churchgate

PLANS for a £100,000 replacement sports pavilion in a Fen village hall have been withdrawn after council officials expressed "grave concerns" over its location.

Police also made "strong representations" about the pavilion due to be built on the Churchgate Way playing field in Terrington St Clement.

Merv Broughton, planning officer with West Norfolk Council, said: "We have grave concerns that the proposal site is the 'best' site for the new building, as it is considerably larger than the existing one."

Mr Broughton said police objections, the likely impact on neighbours, and the impact on trees, accessibility and opposition from the borough council to a new footpath from Lynn Road, combined to suggest the application would be refused.

Architects who drew up the scheme were also told it would be "prudent to include in the applications details as to the suitability for fire brigade access and manoeuvrability".

Architects commissioned to design the new pavilion said it would have provided new changing rooms, showering area, toilets, a kitchen and a community room.

Following talks with the council the application has now been withdrawn and the architects hope to meet all parties concerned to consider other options.

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