Wedding venue’s planning scheme triggers objection from the local community

The driver's view of the boats and boatyards on the River Yare at Thorpe St Andrew from the A47 brid

The driver's view of the boats and boatyards on the River Yare at Thorpe St Andrew from the A47 bridge at Postwick. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A vision to see a woodland wedding venue grow its number of ceremonies has sparked objections from those living nearby.

Since last year, Elderwood in Postwick, which is south of the village centre, has held weddings under the 28-day rule - a right allowing a certain use of land for up to 28 days of the year.

But with demand growing, its owners have lodged an application with the Broads Authority to change the use of the land and see it become a year-round wedding venue.

The bid, which will be heard by the authority's planning committee tomorrow, has triggered concern from residents worried about the noise levels and impact on rural roads.

Writing on the authority's online planning site, Christine and John Felton said: 'The road is already not suitable for the volume of traffic that uses it - being mostly single lane - and this development would generate additional traffic by taxis, delivery vehicles, site services vehicles and wedding guests.

'The increased volume of traffic would not just be restricted to the event day but would substantially increase prior to and afterwards particularly from commercial vehicles servicing the venue. This would compromise the safety of existing road users and especially pedestrians some of whom are school age catching the school bus and returning home.'

Postwick with Witton Parish Council has objected to the bid, while 14 letters of objection and a petition with 50 signatures opposing the scheme have also been sent to the authority.

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If green-lit, no extra buildings would be built, though a new added track and car parking would be added to the site, part of which is currently used as a working farm.

A planning statement posted online says: 'At present the venue has operated during a season based from mid-May through to mid-September. The aspiration is to continue to develop the business and, over time, increase both the number of events and the length of the operating season in a sustainable manner.

'Whilst it is the case that the business will always be predominantly a seasonal business, there is a - more limited - demand for the venue year-round.'

Broads Authority planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval.

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