Broadland District Council looks as though it will be off to a new home after councillors voted in favour of buying the Horizon building (pictured) on Broadland Business Park.
Although it has joint staff with South Norfolk Council, the two authorities have separate offices, in Thorpe St Andrew and Long Stratton, and buying the building would allow them to bring everyone together in one place.
Concerns had been raised about its suitability, but both councils voted in favour of the move and Broadland leader Shaun Vincent said: “This is a really positive move for Broadland District Council and will save taxpayers millions of pounds over the coming years.
“Currently, our workforce that supports both Broadland and South Norfolk councils is operating from offices at Thorpe St Andrew and Long Stratton. As part of our councils’ collaborative journey, we have been looking at how we can work more efficiently and cost-effectively by sharing one building.”
He said the benefits of bringing the staff together included “huge financial savings in both capital and revenue expenditure” as well as decreasing their carbon footprint by 84pc, increasing efficiency and making it more accessible.
Both councils’ offices need extensive refurbishment and carry heavy maintenance costs and the council says that the lower running cost of the new building will slash these expenses.
The Horizon building is two miles from Thorpe Lodge, is accessible by public transport, has plenty of parking and for two thirds of the residents of South Norfolk is the same distance, if not closer, for travel by car than Long Stratton.