Long Stratton property investment scheme advances to next phase

Long Stratton, Norfolk. Cygnet House Care Home which has been empty since 2009 and could become 50 residences ANL-140917-172336001

Long Stratton, Norfolk. Cygnet House Care Home which has been empty since 2009 and could become 50 residences ANL-140917-172336001

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The next step in South Norfolk Council’s major property investment plan at a Long Stratton site has begun with the submission of a reserved matters application.

The council has applied for formal planning permission to construct 50 homes and 800 square metres of commercial space at the site of the former Cygnet House care home in Swan Lane, having successfully obtained outline permission last year.

Cygnet House, next to the council offices, has been disused since closing in 2009.

The proposal is part of a commitment made by South Norfolk Council to invest up to £8 million of tax payer money into building domestic and business properties in order to generate income for its future, with other plans earmarked for a site in Poringland, south of Norwich, to build 43 homes and six business units.

During the setting of the budget in February, which resulted in a district council tax bill freeze for 2015/2016, South Norfolk Council leader John Fuller said: “We have a duty to add value to the assets we already own... to add value to land we hold at Poringland and Long Stratton by building offices and homes to grow the economy.”

The reserved matters application for the Long Stratton proposal is still being considered, with no date currently set for a decision.

However, if approved, construction is set to be carried out as a phased development, with the first house expected by February 2016, and the fully completed project expected by May 2017.