Friday, July 19, 2024

Stan’s not the man according to Norfolk villagers

IT SEEMS that a South Ockendon resident is making himself very unpopular in a sleepy Norfolk village after he applied for planning permission on two Norfolk homes.

Stan Rainbird of Mollands Lane, South Ockendon obtained planning permission to build one home land adjacent to St Mary’s Church in Lower Street, Gissing in 1975, but Mr Rainbird has now submitted an application to South Norfolk Council, which could see two homes built on the site along with garages and four parking spaces.

Since then, a packed public meeting saw dozens of residents air their grievances with many believing it would destroy the area for ever.

The scheme was described by Mr Rainbird’s agents as more sympathetic but that does not seem to hold water with the residents who are conservation, business and community issues with the application.

The application is close to the village green. The green is used for village celebrations on a regular basis, as well as being close to three historically and architecturally important buildings; the 12th Century church, Gissing Crown, and The Old School, which house community groups including the Heart of Gissing charity and Gissing Children’s Centre.

The campaign continues with a Bang in the Middle village green picnic on September 9 from 3-5pm, where people are asked to take along items to bang.

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