Custom-Build opportunities in Stoke Ferry

People are being asked to register their interest in the opportunity to custom-build their own home on a site in Stoke Ferry.A short online survey has been launched to gauge demand for the site in this west Norfolk village. The survey is available at -> consultations and is open until 10 August 2020.
The decision to potentially release this site for self-build follows the strong response we received to an initial survey which aimed to identify demand for self-build properties in the area.
The site, if approved for development, will aim to offer up to 20 serviced plots in two phases. This site is located on the edge of the village overlooking open fields and will accommodate a range of custom-build opportunities, including lower cost, affordable housing plots.
Cllr Richard Blunt, said: “We urge anyone interested in building their own home in this lovely west Norfolk village to register through the survey. Once we know the level of demand and the types of property people are looking for, we can look to bring this site forward for development. The survey closes on 10 August, so I would encourage anyone interested to complete it as soon as possible. Custom Build homes can be a real and affordable alternative to buying a new build from a developer.”
Anyone who is interested in self build generally can sign up to the council’s Custom and Self Build Register. Anyone can register if they are:
– aged 18 or over
– a British citizen, a national of an EEA state other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
– seeking to acquire a serviced plot of land in the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area to build a home to occupy as their sole or main residence
Interest is growing in custom and self build housing, and encouraging it is one of the government’s strategies to increase house building. Custom and self build currently account for just 10% of new homes in the UK: compared to 60% in Germany, France and Italy. Custom build offers people an opportunity to work with a developer to design and build a home tailored to their specific needs, and self build means getting involved in the construction of their home; from employing someone to build it, to laying the bricks themselves.
The register acts as a point of contact between people who are interested in custom and self build plots, and developers who can provide such plots. Anyone who has registered their interest may be contacted by the borough council regarding specific opportunities for custom and self build that arise.
To find out more and apply to join the register, visit and search “self build”.
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is working with Custom Build Homes to undertake this survey work.

Stoke Ferry Parish Council – Chairman’s Report

Our Parish Council year 2019/20 has ended in a way none of us could have imagined, with the Corona virus putting a stop to all meetings. So I thought I’d give you a brief report and update on Parish Council activity.
Several members of the Parish Council have overseen the set up and working of the Stoke Ferry Volunteer Group to provide a delivery service for essential shopping and prescriptions, as well as being on hand for anyone needing a friendly telephone chat. The service will continue to operate as long as needed, so if anyone needs to contact us, just look us up on the Facebook page Stoke Ferry Isolation Volunteers or you can email me directly.
During the past year the Parish Council has liaised with the Borough Council to ensure the views of the village are taken into account when looking at the planning application by 2 Agriculture Mill and our wish to have the ‘Bluebell’ an asset of community value.
This year we have also started to put together the Neighbourhood Plan which will help our community to influence the planning and development of the village. Our aim is to set out your vision for the future of Stoke Ferry, so we encourage everyone to get involved.
Last year’s Summer Fayre was another huge success with money raised going to both the Village Hall and the Playing Field. Sadly, this year the Fayre has had to be cancelled so we will save the 50th anniversary celebrations for next year.
Our village gates are now being installed with more to be situated. Work on the signage will start as soon as possible. As part of the Parish Partnership Funding we have approval to continue the updating of our Public Rights of Way so will be adding numbering signage to the fingerposts so that they tie in with the footpath booklet we produced last year. The footpaths continue to be upgraded.
This year steps were added to FP5 to make it easier to navigate. This year we hope to have more updates for the definitive map as well.
Meanwhile, the grass cutting, and maintenance contracts continue with Mr Sparkle doing an excellent job. As always if anyone sees an area that needs improvement just let us know. Our communal gardens also continue to be upgraded and, in the autumn, we aim to plant more bulbs.
Village charities and organisations continue to be supported and on behalf of all of us, I take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who keep them running. Their help makes them possible.
I must also thank our Clerk for her diligent work. She has now passed her CiLCA qualification, which is very well deserved. We feel lucky to have Helen working for us.
I hope you are all taking care of yourselves so that you come through this stressful time safely. Let us all look forward to a brighter future.
Sue Lintern
Chairman of Stoke Ferry Parish Council


Draft (until approved at the next meeting)
Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on
Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 7.00 pm in Stoke Ferry Village Hall
Cllr Sue Lintern (Chair)
Cllr Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Cllr Mandy Leamon
Cllr Trudy Mann
Cllr Gail Reeve
Cllr Donna Stocking
Cllr Janet Taylor
Helen Richardson (Parish Clerk and Financial Responsible Person)
Also, in attendance:
Cllr Colin Sampson, BCKLWN
Cllr Martin Storey, NCC
Chris Philpott, Footpath Warden
Public: 2
63/20 Emergency Evacuation Procedures was read by the Chair.
64/20 Openness and Transparency Notice – The Parish Council record the meeting. The Chair notified the public of this. The Chair also advised that any aggressive or abusive behaviour towards members of the Parish Council, staff or members of the public will not be tolerated. If this happens you will be asked to leave and if necessary, the meeting will be suspended.
65/20 To receive and accept apologies for absence – Cllr Jim McNeill (Vice Chair) (illness).
66/20 To receive Declarations of Interest from Members on any item to be discussed – Cllr Janet Taylor declared an interest on the payments for approval item and it was agreed that she would not vote (minute 84/20). Cllr Trudy Mann declared an interest on the item regarding the Bluebell and declared that she wished to abstain from voting (minute 69/20).
67/20 To approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting 5 February 2020 – The minutes of the ordinary meeting held on 5 February 2020 were proposed for approval as a correct record by Cllr Gail Reeve, seconded by Cllr Janet Taylor, five were in favour and two abstained due to be absent from the meeting.
68/20 Matters Arising (and Clerk’s Report)
Buckenham Drive Land Transfer – The Clerk recently chased them for a response, and they acknowledged and responded to say they would respond as soon as possible. The Chair asked that for the Clerk share with the BCKLWN a concern of attachment to the Mill and request a response.
Mill Liaison Committee – The Clerk emailed the Mill Manager with the Term of Reference for the Committee regarding it continuation and awaits a response.
Indigo Streetlights – There was no update currently, but it is progressing via Norfolk County Council. There were also sewage considerations also in the road the BCKLWN and NCC needed to work on.
Village Gates – Had been installed at Bridge Road and Lynn Road. Cllr Trudy Mann wished to compliment Steve and Dave for their great work on the day in helping the Clerk and Cllr Trudy Mann in the siting of the gates and the installation. The Clerk agreed to pass the thanks to the Norfolk County Council. A discussion took place regarding the signage for the gates and this will be worked on during the month for approval at the next meeting.
Recovery Plan – The Clerk had sent the Recovery Plan to the Emergency Planning team as a tool for them to use as the authority on recovering following any incident. Leaflets had been provided to residents from BCKLWN in 2019.

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