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Building work could start at vacant dealership site in 2015

08:14 09 April 2014

Graham Dacre. Picture: Denise Bradley

Graham Dacre. Picture: Denise Bradley


Revised proposals have been submitted for a £10m project to convert a former Volvo dealership into a community hub, with work expected to start next year.


Norwich businessman Graham Dacre’s company, the Lind Trust, has lodged an application with Broadland council for alterations and extensions to the former car showroom, workshops and sales site in Cromer Road, Hellesdon. A motor museum, youth facility, creche, day care centre, church auditorium, restaurant, shops, fitness suites, galleries and car parking are included in the designs for the five-acre site.

Mr Dacre said: “The new application is very similar to the original application. Having looked at the buildings and taken professional advice, we have just changed around the proposed usages. It’s exactly the same scheme, but because it’s a change of use we needed to get planning permission again. We are hoping that it will be approved, as we don’t see anything in the new proposals which is detrimental to the scheme. If it’s agreed, we would hope to start building work on the site next year.”

The original application was approved by Broadland council’s planning committee more than a year ago. The Lind Trust bought the site, which has been vacant for about three years, for an 
undisclosed fee in 2012.

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