Plans submitted to turn Wortwell shop into car dealership

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A car salesman could transform a disused shop in Wortwell into a new car dealership, if his change-of-using planning application receives the go-ahead from South Norfolk Council planners.

Johnny Stokes, who runs Pemberton Cars, wants to change the Waveney Farm Shop, located on High Road

The application outlines plans to implement a total of ten spaces for cars at the site, and it is also seeking permission for the business to include a take out of light beverages and refreshments.

The property has not operated as a farm shop since closing down in late October last year and is currently not in use.

However, the application has been met with scepticism in a consultation comment from Wortwell Parish Council, which has given the application an initial recommendation for refusal.

An official response from the parish council, written by clerk to the council, Jane Pearce, stated: “We already have two car sales businesses in this small village and feel that a third is unnecessary.

“We strongly object to the removal of surrounding trees and hedges from the site without permission from the district and county councils.”

The plans will be heard by South Norfolk Council at a date to be fixed.