Bid to bulldoze village bric-a-brac shop draws concerns

Treasure Island Caister

Treasure Island in Tan Lane, Caister, is bidding to be knocked down and replaced with a two-storey residential block. - Credit: Liz Coates

A bid to demolish a corner shop full of china and collectibles and add two flats has drawn a flurry of opposition.

Under the plans the single storey Treasure Island on the corner of Tan Lane and Lacon Road in Caister will be knocked down and a new two- storey building put up in its place.

Drawings submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council show a one-bedroom flat on the ground floor and a two bedroom one above, with off-road parking for one vehicle.

Treasure Island Caister

Parking and flood risk are concerns that have been raised following an application to demolish Treasure Island in Caister and replace it with a new building hosting flats. - Credit: Liz Coates

Five people have objected citing a range of reasons spanning parking, drainage and flooding risks, blocking natural light, and access to a pathway.

One respondent tagged it "totally out of character for a lovely village".

Another said it would be "short-sighted and irresponsible" to put more pressure on roads in an already congested area.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council's official tourism website describes Treasure Island as "a cavern of collectibles, crockery and interesting second-hand items".

Treasure Trove Caister

Planners are being asked for permission to demolish a shop in Caister's Tan Lane and build a two storey residential building. The bid is being advertised on a nearby lamp post. - Credit: Liz Coates

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A decision is due by April 2.

To view the plans and have your say click the link here.