After nearly two years, work could be about to start soon on a £500,000 multi-function community hall in south Norfolk .
Land transferral issues and copious amounts of paperwork have delayed the bid to build the facility in Kenninghall.
Responsibility for building the hall lies with property developer Matthew Newbury. In return for building the hall on a section of land off School Close at no cost to Kenninghall Memorial Hall Committee, he gets to construct 12 homes on land occupied by the current, dilapidated hall, off School Close.
This land incorporates an ancient byway, and the Open Spaces Society were not happy that the development would affect this path. The society held up the plans for nearly a year by appealing against Breckland Council’s decision to give planning permission to the committee and Mr Newbury.
However, the Planning Inspectorate ruled last December that the planning authority’s decision to give the bid the green light was justified.