Hopes of new bus stop in Fleet Hargate

Conversion of a former school house in Fleet Hargate is complete. Pictured are site manager James Stewart, developer Steve Stinders and builder Jack Axon. ANL-151021-151822001

Conversion of a former school house in Fleet Hargate is complete. Pictured are site manager James Stewart, developer Steve Stinders and builder Jack Axon. ANL-151021-151822001

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Talks are underway to replace a bus stop in Fleet Hargate now the conversion of a derelict former school house is complete.

In April pensioner Joan Woolard expressed horror at arriving at the shelter in Old Main Road and finding it boarded up.

The living space in the new cottages in Fleet Hargate,

The living space in the new cottages in Fleet Hargate,

At the time, Norfolk Green bus service said there was no need to worry as it operated a hail and ride service in the village, but developer Steve Stinders said it was always intended that when the conversion was finished the shelter would be replaced.

He said: “I understand Fleet Parish Council is in talks regarding funding for a new shelter and we are completely happy for it to be put in front of the properties.”

The conversion sees the former school house take on a new lease of life as two one-bed cottages, named Fleur Cottages after the developer’s mother, Fleurette Stinders.

It’s a journey that began back in the 1800s when the building was a chapel and was moved brick-by-brick from the churchyard a mile away.

We are completely happy for bus stop to be in front of properties

Steve Stinders, developer

After being a school house, the property was bought 30 years ago by Mrs Stinders who ran a gym there.

Mr Stinders, whose business Stinders and Co Ltd is based in London, said the conversion into cottages has been a labour of love.

He said: “Our family have lived in the area for 40 years so it was important to us to do a good job and keep as many of the original features as possible and character as possible.

“We are really pleased with it – it is a unique space for people to live in.”

The kitchen diner area of the new cottages in Fleet Hargate.

The kitchen diner area of the new cottages in Fleet Hargate.

The cottages are not the only project Mr Stinders has in the village – he is currently building a five-bed detached house with sauna, private electric gates and an A+ energy rating. He said: “You will always find someone wanting a nice house in the country.”

Previously

Pensioner left out in the cold in Fleet Hargate after bus stop is boarded up