Plan of new houses for the outbuildings at Sprowston Lodge

3:19 PM December 14, 2021

A derelict shed and stable buildings within the grounds of a Georgian mansion could be converted into luxury new homes.

Plans have been filed by the Hadingham family to convert the outbuildings next to the 19th century Sprowston Lodge located just off Wroxham Road between Sprowston and Rackheath.

Sprowston Lodge was built as a villa in 1801 with the shed forming a substantial two storey flint and brick building which has now fallen into disrepair and is out of use.

Sprowston Lodge, where the rooms were marketed as ideal student digs in 2019

According to the proposals submitted to the Broadland District Council, there would be a total of four commercial rental homes with two and three bedrooms and one home custom built for the site owner.

This would see the gardener’s house being converted.

There would be separate access to the converted outbuildings away from Sprowston Lodge.

Neighborhood District Councilor Natasha Harpley said: “At first glance the plans look OK. It is in the Greater Norwich Growth Triangle where housing is needed so development is expected.

Sprowston District Councilor Natasha Harpley, Pic: Labor Party.

Sprowston District Councilor Natasha Harpley, Pic: Labor Party.
– Credit: Labor Party

“I just hope they are affordable for the local community.”

A design and access statement prepared by architectural firm Nicholas Vanburgh indicates that the shed has lost its historical significance over time due to its conversion, expansion and degradation.

He indicates that the shed may originally have had accommodation for servants on the first floor.

Architect Simeon Jackson said: “The outbuildings are not in the best condition at the moment and it is a shame they cannot be used in their current condition.

“They’ve been in disrepair on the homestead for quite a long time.”

Simeon Jackson, architect for Vanburgh Ltd

Simeon Jackson, architect for Vanburgh Ltd
– Credit: Vanburgh Ltd

The claimant, Andrew Hadingham, is a director of Hackett Builders, alongside Ethel Hackett of Sprowston Lodge and Eleanor Hadingham.

At its peak, Sprowston Lodge housed 16 servants and owned over 50 acres of land.

The house was built in 1801 by John Morse, a former brewer, sheriff and mayor of Norwich before being passed on to members of the Stracey family.

In 1916 it was purchased by the Lowry-Cole family before being bought at auction by the Hackett family in 1966 who rebuilt the property.

The requester has been approached for comment.

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