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South Norfolk Council outline possible uses of Long Stratton HQ, Cygnet Court

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South Norfolk Council has outlined several potential uses of their soon-to-be redundant council office in Long Stratton.

The council is now putting its headquarters, in Cygnet Court, on the market – ahead of a move to
the outskirts of Norwich later this year.

A variety of options have been proposed for the building, known as South Norfolk House, including as a housing scheme; retirement complex or assisted living site; country park; community open space; or even opening it up to commercial investors.

The options were outlined by council officers last month in a report to councillors ahead of their decision to move to the Horizon Centre.

Before the council can decide what to do with the building it must be “actively” marketed for six months and a valuation sought.

Therefore the council wants to start marketing the building now to prevent it from being left empty for an extended period when the authority moves later this year.

After the six months have elapsed the council can consider a change of use for the building, but first it mustbe considered for current use – employment.

Alison Thomas, the ward councillor for Long Stratton, said she was pleased this had come forward following her concerns about the office move and the loss of an employer for the town.

“I’m hoping this opportunity might enable a buyer to come forward to provide high-level jobs such as the ones that are available in this building at the moment.

“That has been my ongoing concern about the relocation and the loss of employment to the community.”

SNC leader John Fuller said when they move, the building would become redundant for the council and the proposal would “keep all the options open”.

On Monday, South Norfolk Council’s cabinet agreed to start marketing the building and to get an independent valuation for the property.

A leaked letter, authored by SNC leader John Fuller, showed he favoured turning their current headquarters into a retirement village which he said would be “a compelling proposition”.

This would require a change of use.

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