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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 18/10/2018

Written by on 21 October, 2018

PLANNERS REJECT BUILDING NEAR DICKLEBURGH MOOR

An application to build on land near the Dickleburgh Moor nature area has been turned down.

South Norfolk planners have rejected plans to build an eco-home on Norwich Road in Dickleburgh.  They say that the plans are out of keeping with the open character of the landscape.

They add that the building wouldn’t enhance or conserve the area, which is being currently developed as a wildlife wetland.  The application had claimed that the single, self-built home with energy-saving features would be an outstanding piece of architecture with a striking design.

HOPES RISE FOR EXPANSION AT OUTDATED PRIMARY SCHOOL

A visit by a Government minister has raised hopes of possible future expansion of Palgrave primary school.

Education Secretary Damien Hinds has met pupils and looked over the school with Central Suffolk MP Dan Poulter, who’s keen to see improvements there.  Dr Poulter says there is a pressing need for new, fit-for-purpose facilities to replace the current old Victorian school building.

The school also has a very small playground and there’s no land around the site to expand.  The number of pupils has more than doubled in recent years to over 80.

OLD POST OFFICE WILL BE TURNED INTO A FAMILY HOME

Approval has been given for a listed building in Harleston town centre to be restored.

Plans to change the Old Post Office building into an eight-bedroom family home have now been given the go-ahead.  The building in Old Market Place has been empty for some years, after also being used previously as a bank, art gallery, cafe and offices.

South Norfolk planners say that no harm will be caused to the special interest of the Grade 2-listed late Georgian building.

BROWN-BIN COLLECTION CHANGES TO ALLOW EXPANSION

Changes are on the way for brown-bin collections in South Norfolk from next month.

Routes for the brown-bin scheme are being changed from November 5th, so more customers can be included.  The new routes will mean a change of collection day for some households, who are being contacted by the council.

The service now has more than 25 thousand customers with lorries close to their allowed weight limits.  Black and green collections remain unchanged.

BUSY ROUNDABOUT CLOSED AFTER TRACTOR CRASH

Police had to close a busy roundabout off the A140 near Pulham Market,  during yesterday’s evening rush-hour.

A tractor and trailer overturned on a bend in Tivetshall Road, close to Guildhall Lane, completely blocking the road.  Police say the driver was able to climb out of the vehicle and suffered only minor injuries in the incident.

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