Dereham's expansion continues

IAN CLARKE Plans for more than 50 new homes in Dereham will be coming under the spotlight from councillors.On Monday Breckland's development control committee will decide on proposals for 18 flats at the old social club site at Barwells Court and 18 one and two bedroom apartments on the former Dereham Hire Centre site at Norwich Street.

IAN CLARKE

Plans for more than 50 new homes in Dereham will come under the spotlight next week.

On Monday, Breckland Council's development control committee will decide on proposals for 18 flats at the old social club site at Barwells Court and 18 one and two- bedroom apartments on the former Dereham Hire Centre site at Norwich Street.

Two further applications have been submitted to Breckland in the past week for developments in Dereham - one for eight flats beside Moorgate House at Southend, and the other to revamp the former social services building in Norwich Street.

Heritage Construction wants to convert the building to create six apartments plus two mews apartments and four new townhouses and eight garages.

The scheme - which involves demolishing old outbuildings - would also see a residents' gym and private cinema in the basement.

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On Monday, Breckland officers will recommend approval for the former Barwells Court club scheme.

Richard Sturman, of Dereham Accommodation Agency, already has outline permission to redevelop the site.

He has put in two applications for a total of 18 flats, which includes part demolition and conversion/

extension of the old club plus two new blocks at the site and on neighbouring garden land.

Dereham Town Council has not objected and highways officials are also not opposed.

Officers are also supporting Barconn Homes' proposals for the former hire centre site, which is being demolished and has outline permission for housing.