Decision to redevelop one of the ‘worst eyesores’ in Norfolk delayed

The Necton Diner on the A47 near Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher. The Necton Diner on the A47 near Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Monday, March 17, 2014
4:31 PM

A decision on plans to turn a derelict diner into housing has been delayed.

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The plans to build 26 homes at the former Necton Diner site on the A47 at Necton, near Swaffham, were due to go before Breckland Council’s planning committee this morning.

The proposals were deferred due to highway and safety matters.

As previously reported, the site, which has been disused for about four years, has been dubbed as one of the “worst eyesores in Norfolk”. There have been some concerns raised, however, about access to the planned development from Tuns Road, with people living in the area saying it could make issues with traffic worse.

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  • Very good point Daisy Roots. There are not enough truck stops in the country and even less in Norfolk, especially on the A47. There are also too many McDonalds and other overpriced outlets on UK main roads. I used to use this particular place, several years ago, and would be happy to use it again. I am guessing that NCC highways don't have the money to buy it, (although they could buy it and rent it out), and besides, they can probably make more money by allowing housing, which will reap the council more in council tax!

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    Labratone

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • Very good point Daisy Roots. There are not enough truck stops in the country and even less in Norfolk, especially on the A47. There are also too many McDonalds and other overpriced outlets on UK main roads. I used to use this particular place, several years ago, and would be happy to use it again. I am guessing that NCC highways don't have the money to buy it, (although they could buy it and rent it out), and besides, they can probably make more money by allowing housing, which will reap the council more in council tax!

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    Labratone

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • Very good point Daisy Roots. There are not enough truck stops in the country and even less in Norfolk, especially on the A47. There are also too many McDonalds and other overpriced outlets on UK main roads. I used to use this particular place, several years ago, and would be happy to use it again. I am guessing that NCC highways don't have the money to buy it, (although they could buy it and rent it out), and besides, they can probably make more money by allowing housing, which will reap the council more in council tax!

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    Labratone

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • There are far worse eyesores than this in Norfolk.Then we have the crazy notion of building homes bang beside the A47. Then the purchasers will be whining for a bypass. What NCC should be doing is buying this site themselves and providing something useful- a secure HGV stop over site with facilities-has no one seen the laybys on the A47 at night packed with lorries with their doors open ? There might be Macdonald's for other travellers but lorry drivers seem to get a raw deal on the A47 and A17.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • Very good point Daisy Roots. There are not enough truck stops in the country and even less in Norfolk, especially on the A47. There are also too many McDonalds and other overpriced outlets on UK main roads. I used to use this particular place, several years ago, and would be happy to use it again. I am guessing that NCC highways don't have the money to buy it, (although they could buy it and rent it out), and besides, they can probably make more money by allowing housing, which will reap the council more in council tax!

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    Labratone

    Monday, March 17, 2014

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