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South Norfolk church objects to housing plan 

A South Norfolk church has objected to plans to build over 40 retirement homes on the site of a former social club in Harleston after it was denied the chance to turn it into a community venue.


Hope Church from Diss, which holds weekly meetings in Harleston, had wanted to buy the former Apollo Club to turn it into a permanent base in the town to host parent and toddler groups, community lunches, family film nights, children's clubs, a foodbank base, and drop-in advice times, as well as regular Sunday services.
 
But a bid to purchase the building was unsuccessful despite offering the full asking price and it was demolished in May 2019.
 
McCarthy & Stone have applied to build 40 retirement living apartments, four bungalows and two coach houses, as well as landscaped gardens and on-site car parking, on the now empty site.
 
Hope Church has submitted an objection and urged the developers to work with them to provide a community space.
 
Pastor John Heasley told the EDP: "We would still be willing to work with the current developers to provide a community centre for the use of ourselves and the community, as there is currently no community centre in the town of Harleston."

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