Parking dispute over 19th century chapel revamp
PUBLISHED: 10:32 28 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:32 28 August 2019
A dispute over parking has broken out after plans to convert a 19th century chapel into a home have been revealed.
Plans have been submitted to Breckland Council to turn a Methodist chapel into a one-bedroom home but residents have raised concerns that it could lead to cars parking on the main road.
The chapel, which is a listed building, is located in The Street, Croxton, and opened in 1865 and served as a place of worship until the 1960s.
One objector who is against the conversion of the building said: "As a Methodist Chapel I understand that horse and carts were in use the last time it was used for this purpose, and parking was not a problem then.
"As a residential property parking in the road would be restrictive to vehicles leaving the driveway of the adjacent cottage and also the residents of the main house opposite."
The documents say that the building is used for storage and that it is still a place of worship with associated vehicles parking on the road outside, but residents disagree.
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Another objector said: "It has not been in use as a place of worship for over 50 years therefore no vehicles associated with its use have parked in the adjacent highway.
"The chapel is used for storage, however the owner moved out of the area 15 years ago. Previous to this being used, the owner would park on his land. We hope that you will revoke your support and oppose this re-submission."
The plans were previously supported by Breckland but have since been withdrawn and resubmitted.
Norfolk County Council Highways officer Kay Gordon said that the size of the development must be taken into account and therefore did not object.
Ms Gordon said: "There is currently no vehicular access to the chapel, which I understand is not in the ownership of either of the adjacent properties.
"Given the restricted visibility I would not support the creation of a vehicular access to serve a parking area and, as a consequence, any vehicles associated with the dwelling would be left in the adjacent highway. I would not normally support a proposal which does not include on-site parking but I have to take into account the modest size of the proposal."