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Investigation under way after work carried out on listed building

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An investigation has begun after changes were made to a listed building built in the Georgian period.Locals have complained that work has been carried out on the Old Rectory in Gayton Road, Gaywood.The work, which includes the installation of a new black gate, has been carried out without prior planning permission.

Changes made at 26 Gayton Road, Gaywood

West Norfolk Council, the local planning authority, has since begun investigations to determine if any enforcement action is necessary.As it is a Grade II listed building, any changes to the structure of the property must first be allowed by the local planning authority. A West Norfolk Council spokesman said: “We received a report that works are ongoing at 26 Gayton Road, which is a listed building.

Changes made at 26 Gayton Road, Gaywood

“An enforcement file has been opened and an initial inspection has been carried out, further investigations are ongoing.”Alison Gifford, chairman of the King’s Lynn Civic Society, said: “Rules are there for a reason.“People who buy listed buildings know the rules and if they break them then the local authority should take enforcement action to return it to how it used to look.”The building was built in the early 18th century when it would have provided housing for members of the clergy. The property was converted into apartments in 2013 and it was sold in 2022 in the region of £1m.It is located a short distance away from Princess Diana’s former school at Silfield House, which is itself at the centre of a planning row after locals voiced their anger at plans to demolish the historic property and turn it into a 70-bed care home.

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