Norfolk County Council has submitted plans to stabilise a grade II listed barn it owns - four years after the roof partially collapsed.

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Church Farm Barn, in Church Lane, Bacton, is less than a mile from the ruins of Bromholm Priory - once one of the most holy places in Europe - and even closer to the grade II* listed Bacton Parish Church.

Part of the thatched roof collapsed following heavy rain in autumn 2008 and the building, which has continued to deteriorate, is now in urgent need of repair.

The 18th Century, local brick and flint building has been described by English Heritage as “a good example of a traditional Norfolk farm building” and “important in the setting of Bacton parish church”.

Norfolk County Council has now applied to North Norfolk District Council for listed building consent to stabilise the building by providing a temporary tarpaulin roof cover and additional supports to the north wall.

An English Heritage spokesman said: “It is encouraging that Norfolk County Council is applying for permission to carry out emergency works to protect the building and we hope a strategy for full repair and a new use for the barn can be developed following their implementation.”

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said the barn, part of the county council’s County Farms estate, had been monitored since the partial roof collapse in 2008. She added: “It has become apparent from recent structural engineers reports that work is required to safeguard the remaining structure. Norfolk Property Services, on behalf of Norfolk County Council, is seeking to initially stabilise and secure the remaining structure. In the longer term, there will be a need to secure a viable use to this building in view of its heritage value. This could help finance repair.”

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