Pinebanks buildings to be demolished following site safety concerns
- Credit: Steve Adams
A fire-hit and derelict historic site at Pinebanks is set to have further buildings destroyed after safety concerns were raised by the district council.
The Pinebanks site, a former sports and social club off Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew, has lain vacant for almost a decade, and despite having planning permission four years old, diggers have not yet moved in.
Last May, the developers of the site also bought the adjacent Langley Preparatory School.
Renewed calls for action at Pinebanks came as the landowners appealed a legal notice requiring them to secure the site better amid reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.
On April 13 Broadland District Council issued Ocubis, development manager for site's owners Berliet Ltd, with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) after ongoing safety concerns about the site.
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Now, Berliet have put in an 'urgent' application for demolition of the bowling pavilion, squash courts and rifle range buildings, which was one of the conditions of the CPN.
In a letter to Broadland, Hannah Leary, planning associate for Barton Willmore, acting for Berliet, said: 'As you are aware following our recent discussions with your officers, the need for the urgent submission of this application has arisen because of concerns expressed by your authority regarding the safety and security of the existing buildings on the site.
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'Some parts of the Pinebanks buildings were destroyed following a fire at the site, and our client secured retrospective permission for their partial demolition in 2015.
'Following an arson attack at the Pinebanks site, the Pinebanks building was severely damaged and has already been partially demolished in order to make it safe.'
A spokeswoman for Broadland District Council said: 'Following some negotiation between the council and the developers, a modified CPN was agreed and the decision supported by the Court. The CPN is being complied with.
'The CPN generally covered maintaining the security on site including maintaining and inspecting the perimeter fencing and also the commencement of demolition of the main building.
'The recent application for the demolition of buildings on site is part of the compliance of the CPN for the site.'