A grade II listed home that burnt to the ground following an arson attack could rise from the ashes after plans were approved by town councillors. 

The 18th century Moor Lodge in Reepham was destroyed by fire after a burglary in December 2019. 

Firefighters battled for 11 hours to control the blaze that tore through the home during the early hours of the morning. 

Seven fire crews were dispatched to fight the fire at The Moor at around 1.30am but despite efforts the property could not be saved

Eastern Daily Press: Perry Smith, watch manager at Reepham Fire Station, at the house at The Moor at Reepham after the

Since then, the house has remained uninhabitable and damaged beyond repair, so much so that it has now been moved off the listings schedule. 

But now its long-time owners are looking forward to the future after submitted plans received support from the town council. 

The house, situated on the edge of the village, falls within the Reepham Conservation Area and outside the Village Development Limits. 

Its owners are hopeful that they will be able to return to their beloved property. 

Eastern Daily Press: The devastation after a fire broke out at The Moor in Reepham in December 2019

The plans received by Broadland District Council reveal a similar design to the original 18th century house which had features that mimicked the market town’s centrally based Dial House

In an email to planning officials, Reepham Town Council said it had no objection to the application. 

A letter submitted by Andrew Frostick, of Andrew Frostick Associates architectural design practice, read: “The application is made by the property owners, long-term residents of Reepham, who currently reside in temporary accommodation in the village and who hope to return to the property.” 

No one was inside the house at the time of the blaze and an investigation took place to establish the cause. A police forensics team worked alongside Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service as their investigation began.

Eastern Daily Press: The devastation after a fire broke out at The Moor in Reepham in December 2019