New alliances seeks action on 'eyesore' vacant building

The newly formed Wroxham and Hoveton Alliance is calling for action to be taken on the dilapidated site on Station Road

The newly formed Wroxham and Hoveton Alliance is calling for action to be taken on the dilapidated site on Station Road in Hoveton - Credit: Malcom Allsop

Two villages separated by a river have come together to campaign on joint issues, starting with calls to restore a dilapidated waterside site. 

Wroxham comes under Broadland District Council, while Hoveton, just across the River Bure, is part of North Norfolk District Council. 

The adjoining villages have separate county councillors, district councillors and MPs, so the two parish councils have formed the Wroxham and Hoveton Alliance [WHA] in a bid to "speak with a single voice" on community issues.

Peter Howe, chairman of Hoveton Parish Council said: "Although Hoveton and Wroxham villages are separate communities with some differing issues, there are many common problems."

The first campaign by WHA is seeking urgent action on a dilapidated waterside site on Station Road in Hoveton which has lain derelict and described as an ongoing problem for 30 years. 

The vacant site on Station Road in Hoveton 

The vacant site on Station Road in Hoveton - Credit: Malcolm Allsop


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Both parish councils have written jointly to the Broads Authority [BA] and North Norfolk District Council seeking affirmative action. The site is made up of a long disused pub, car parking and boarded up cottages. 

A spokeswoman for BA said it had been discussing the site with a potential developer, but details are confidential and it was not able to comment on the current situation. 

The parish councils say the issue of the vacant site on Station Road in Hoveton has been ongoing for 30 years 

The parish councils say the issue of the vacant site on Station Road in Hoveton has been ongoing for 30 years - Credit: Malcolm Allsop

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Head of planning for BA and a counterpart at North Norfolk District Council spoke to Mr Howe to inform the alliance about the situation.

Mr Howe said: "The old Waterside Rooms in Station Road has been closed for over 30 years and present a disgraceful welcome to the many visitors to the village.

Peter Howe, chairman of Hoveton Parish Council with Barry Fiske, chairman of Wroxham Parish Council

Pictured on the left is Peter Howe, chairman of Hoveton Parish Council with Barry Fiske, chairman of Wroxham Parish Council - Credit: Malcolm Allsop

"Hoveton and Wroxham are acknowledged as one of the gateways into the Broads but Station Road does no justice to the national park.”

He added: "The response from the head of planning was quite positive. It is good to know they are taking it seriously and with any luck, some kind of planning application comes forward." 

This vacant building on Station Road in Hoveton has been described as an "eyesore" 

This vacant building on Station Road in Hoveton has been described as an "eyesore" - Credit: Malcolm Allsop

Barry Fiske, chairman of Wroxham Parish council, added: "This problem site is in Hoveton but residents from Wroxham pass by on a regular basis. What despoils part of one village affects us both.

"With the local tourist industry trying to pick itself up after lockdown this eyesore must be removed. We are looking forward to working ever more closely with our friends in Hoveton for the good of our combined community." 

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