Vicarage could be demolished to make way for homes next to church

The existing Emneth vicarage

The existing Emneth vicarage off Church Lane that would be demolished under the plans. - Credit: Diocese of Ely

Plans have been submitted to demolish a vicarage next to a village church to make way for new homes including one for the vicar. 

The existing property adjacent to the Church of St Edmunds in Emneth was bought by the Diocese of Ely in the 1980s to serve as a vicarage. 

Plans for the new vicarage and two homes on the site in Emneth.

Plans for the new vicarage and two homes on the site in Emneth. - Credit: Diocese of Ely

But in plans submitted to King’s Lynn & West Norfolk borough council the diocese says it now needs “considerable investment” and will instead be demolished and replaced with a new vicarage and two homes.

In their submission, they state: “The Diocese has decided that it would be more cost effective to build a new purpose designed vicarage to replace the existing house, reduce the plot to a more manageable size and sell the remaining land for two additional building plots. The capital receipt from the plots would help finance the new vicarage.

Church of St Edmunds in Emneth

The vicarage site is next to Church of St Edmunds in Emneth. - Credit: Diocese of Ely

“This would retain the vicarage adjacent to the church whilst providing a new energy efficient, well-built and better designed dwelling suitable for modern needs to serve the community.”

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