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More than 100 objections have been raised to a plan to change a Holt clothes shop to a tearoom.
But planners are still recommending approval of the conversion in yard next to the Albert Street car park, saying the switch is acceptable under council policies.
The application by a Mrs C Howlett is at 9C Chapel yard, with planned opening hours from 8am to 8pm.
A report to North Norfolk District Council’s planning committee, which meets today, says 103 letters of objection had been lodged against it.
People objecting felt a shop should not be lost to another food and drink business, which were plentiful in the town, and that a cafe would not help the town’s vitality.
It could also caused noise and disturbance particularly if there were tables outside, and could add to existing parking problems in the town.
Seven letters of support said it would help the town by attracting more visitors. There were no other traditional English tearooms, and it would not compete with the other café in the yard.
The town council originally raised no objection but was looking to reconsider its views in the light of the amount of local concern.
A planning appraisal says the yard is not a “primary retail frontage” which restricts the number of non shop uses, but is in the “primary shopping area” where a mixture of uses is acceptable.
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