Consultation over future of Victory Housing garages in Holt debated by town council

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
12:14 PM

The importance of new homes or extra car parking spaces in an historic Georgian town was discussed by councillors.

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Members of Holt Town Council debated proposals by North Walsham-based Victory Housing last night to potentially remove 47 garages in the town owned by the housing association.

A consultation is currently under way over the future use of its 798 garages about what tenants and people who use the units would like to see done to the parking blocks. Options include turning them into new homes.

Victory owns 47 garages in Shrublands Court and Manor Walk - 15 of which were leased by tenants of the housing association, 15 were privately leased and 17 were empty.

Jonathon Read said: “It comes down to if you value car parking or giving people a new home.”

Another member Michael Hill said: “If you build a house with two new car parking spaces you lose a lot of parking space. Car parking space is crucial.”

Ray Moore suggested one of the three areas where there are Victory garages be kept for parking, which was backed by Elizabeth Traynier.

Councillors voted to write to Victory chief executive John Archibald to see the trust’s proposal first before making a decision.

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