The north Norfolk properties in line for listed status

Stody Hall could be locally listed under council plans

Stody Hall could be locally listed under council plans - Credit: Google Street View

A 17th century house is among more than a dozen north Norfolk properties which could be given protected status under a council review.

Stody Hall, near Melton Constable, dates back as far as the 1600s but has been extensively remodelled in the Georgian style with later additions.

The property is one of 17 across north Norfolk which have been put forward for being 'locally listed', under a review of conservation areas.

This is different to national listed status granted by Historic England, but means the buildings' heritage must still be taken into account when planning applications are considered.

In total, five north Norfolk villages have undergone 'conservation area appraisals' – a process which involves assessing their historic buildings and identifying ways to preserve them.

In some villages, existing conservation areas have been extended to incorporate more buildings to be locally listed.

Details of the proposals were heard at a North Norfolk District Council meeting on Monday, but councillors have deferred making a final decision until they have considered the listings in more detail.

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One councillor, Pauline Grove-Jones, argued there had not been enough time to read the 700-page document. 

Pauline Grove-Jones, Liberal Democrat candidate for Stalham in the 2019 North Norfolk District Counc

Pauline Grove-Jones, Liberal Democrat candidate for Stalham in the 2019 North Norfolk District Council election. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE CANDIDATE - Credit: Archant

“I haven’t had the time to read the whole document so I feel uneasy about recommending it to go forward as it stands," she said. 

“I’m sure it is perfectly ok. But personally, I haven’t had the time to go through it.” 

It was agreed to defer the item until the next meeting. 

The appraisal documents aim to provide guidelines for the public, developers and planners to prevent the erosion of character and achieve enhancement. 



Which villages are in the plans? 

Brinton 

Under the proposal, the neighbouring villages of Brinton and Thornage are to have their own conservation areas - rather than be part of a joint one, as they are now.

Although there are historical links between the two, the report said their buildings have different characters and separating the conservation areas allows for better understanding and management of both. 

Three structures within the Brinton area are proposed for local listing:  

  • Brinton Hall walled garden  

  • Brinton Hall and churchyard estate fence  

  • Home Farm Barn 

Edgefield 


The Edgefield village sign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Edgefield village sign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

The conservation area would be extended to the north and south-west to include buildings like the Grade II* church of St Peter and St Paul as well as listed 18th century farmhouses.

Modern buildings on the west side of Norwich Road north of the Green and on the east-west stretch of Pecks Lane are to be excluded. 

Nine structures within the Edgefield area are proposed for local listing:  

  • 5 and 6 Holt Road  

  • 7 and 8 Holt Road  

  • The Lodge  

  • The Old Smithy  

  • The Old Post Office  

  • The former Baptist Chapel  

  • Manor Farm House 

Hunworth 

The main change is the removal of Hunworth Mill from the Hunworth Conservation Area and its inclusion instead within the Glaven Valley Conservation Area, where it has particular significance as one of the few remaining mill buildings on the river. 

No buildings are proposed for local listing in Hunworth. 

Sharrington 

Changes proposed for Sharrington are relatively minor and include making the conservation area boundary go around gardens rather than cut through properties. 

Six structures within the Sharrington conservation area are proposed for local listing:  

  • The Chequers  

  • 16-17 The Street  

  • 18-19 The Street  

  • Chapel House (former Wesleyan Chapel) 

Stody 

Stody currently sits within the Glaven Valley conservation area but does not have a designation on its own, which the report described as an “anomaly”.

Initially, the conservation area was to have have covered the area around the church, buildings along Brinton Road and historic farm buildings to the northwest. Following consultation, it was expanded to incorporate Hunworth Road. 

One structure within the Stody area is proposed for local listing:  

  • Stody Hall 

Thornage 

Two structures within the Thornage conservation area are proposed for local listing: 

  • Outbuilding west of the Old Rectory  

  • Former public house (Holt Road/The Street)