'Guest suite' bid for former Victorian school's toilet block

Former school in Somerton Norfolk looks to convert toilet block

Primary House in Somerton is a former village school, converted in 1983. - Credit: Google Maps

A toilet block belonging to a former village school could be turned into accommodation.

The owners of Primary House, in Horsey Road at West Somerton, say remodelling what is now a run-down storage area will give it a new use as a place for family and friends to stay as well as improving how it looks.

Allowing the plans would also create a space for a carer as they approach old age.

The scheme involves replacing doors with a window and improving a 2002 extension at the back.

The former school, opposite The Lion pub in Somerton, near Martham, was built in 1898.

It was converted into a four-bedroom home in 1983, and was last sold in February 2021.

Papers submitted in support of the bid state: "The proposal seeks to return a building to use which is at present verging on an eyesore and in need of substantial maintenance. Little of the original building remains on view.

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"The owners wish to restore it to complement the existing school building, now a residence, and renew its purpose together with future-proofing their life in the village."