Plans would see new vicarage built for village priest
A village vicar could soon have a new home if plans to demolish the existing vicarage get the go-ahead.
The Diocese of Ely has applied for permission to demolish the vicarage in Emneth, which is located next to the parish Church of St Edmunds, and replace it with three new houses - one of which would be for the vicar.
A design and access statement submitted with the planning application to King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, explains that 72 Church Road was bought in the 1980s to serve as a vicarage - chosen because of its close proximity to the church.
The previous vicarage, which is now privately owned, was once home to the famous children's author the Rev Wilbert Awdry, who penned the Thomas the Tank Engine stories, and was vicar at Emneth from 1953 to 1965.
The design and access statement drawn up by Ely-based Design Partnership explains 72 Church Road was "cheaply built and now needs considerable investment to rectify".
Adding: "the very large plot is just over 0.4 of a hectare, which creates a very heavy maintenance burden on the incumbent.
"The Diocese have decided that it would be more cost effective to build a new purpose designed vicarage to replace the existing house, reduce the plot to a more manageable size and sell the remaining land for two additional building plots. The capital receipt from the plots would help finance the new vicarage.
“This would retain the vicarage adjacent to the church whilst providing a new energy efficient, well-built and better designed dwelling suitable for modern needs to serve the community.”