"Dangerous" plans to convert a police station into four new homes have received fierce backlash from locals. 

Norfolk's police and crime commissioner (PCC), Giles Orpen-Smellie, is hoping to transform Sprowston Police Station, in Wroxham Road, into two three-bed houses and one single-bed property. 

Norwich Evening News: Giles Orpen-Smellie, Norfolk's police and crime commissionerGiles Orpen-Smellie, Norfolk's police and crime commissioner (Image: Newsquest)

The existing flat-roofed garage would also be demolished and replaced with a two-bed bungalow.

In a submission to Broadland District Council (BDC), the plans have been described as an "overdevelopment of the site". 

"The granting of this application would result in the loss of a public building with potential public amenity," said a spokesman for Sprowston Town Council.

"The addition of a bungalow to the rear of the dwelling would constitute an overdevelopment of the site, a cramped form of development and a loss of outdoor facilities.

Norwich Evening News: Sprowston Police StationSprowston Police Station (Image: Google Maps)

"Access is dangerous as the proposed entrance is on a tight narrow bend with limited vision onto a notoriously busy road with two schools and adjacent senior citizens club.

"There is also limited on-street parking and any additional parking requirement would further exacerbate an already difficult situation."

The site became an operations hub in 2022 after the town's team moved to a new base near the A47 and NDR in Postwick.

But Mr Orpen-Smellie believes there is "no longer a need for this building" because the ways in which services are provided across the county have changed.

Norwich Evening News: The plans to convert Sprowston Police Station into homesThe plans to convert Sprowston Police Station into homes (Image: Broadland District Council)

The site is believed to offer many challenges for new office requirements and would require significant investment and alterations to operate as a viable office building. 

As such, the PCC has decided the most sustainable solution is to convert the property into homes.

Planning documents submitted to Broadland District Council state Mr Orpen-Smellie is keen "to achieve best value for money from property assets", with funds raised from selling off Sprowston's station being used to "provide investment in new properties, vehicles, ICT Technology and operational equipment".