Opposition stops new tearoom

Cathy Howlett, who is upset after losing out on opening a tearoom in Holt despite getting planning permission from North Norfolk District Council.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Cathy Howlett, who is upset after losing out on opening a tearoom in Holt despite getting planning permission from North Norfolk District Council. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Monday, February 18, 2013
7:00 AM

A traditional tearoom will not open in a north Norfolk town despite getting planning permission because of “negative feelings from other businesses and customers”.

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Cathy Howlett, 46, from a village near Cromer, received the go-ahead from North Norfolk District Council last month to open the business in Chapel Yard, Holt.

The application sparked a big debate during the district council’s development committee meeting when it was approved.

It attracted 103 objections because many felt the-then empty unit – which had been a clothes shop called Renew – should not become another food and drink business which would impact on the town’s vitality.

The co-owner of Closet Candy in nearby Appleyard and former tenant of the Chapel Yard unit, Hannah Bellamy, said the landlord had given her the opportunity to leave the six-year lease late last year and offer it to someone else. She originally told Mrs Howlett she could take over the lease if planning permission was granted but changed her decision after hearing concerns from people in Holt.

She said: “The negative effect of the proposed tearoom forced us into making a decision that it could not go ahead because of the negative feelings we were getting from customers and fellow shop owners.”

The businesswoman said three people were interested in the empty unit, which will reopen at the end of March as an interiors shop.

Landlord Ian Cook said he did not have an issue with a new tearoom.

Mrs Howlett said: “I was prepared to put the negative feelings aside and not get personal.” She added she had not given up on her dream of opening an English tearoom and hoped to open one in Norfolk later this year.

14 comments

  • Costa are looking to open in Holt, is that what they want.Better the devil and all that.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Yes, Ms. Voyant. A lot of Holt`s twee establishments fall into the "Fur coat and no kn****rs" category. Costa Coffee and Wetherspoon`s would be a breath of fresh air, and bring quality and value to the High St. Terrifying prospect. Run `em outta town!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • @Lord Elf - I travel to Holt regularly and I never had a problem finding a parking spot. I did however have lunch the other Saturday in one of Holt's finest, and thought the standard of both food and service had slipped since I was last in there. Maybe they need some new competition to keep them on their toes!

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    Stephen Richards

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • “negative feelings from other businesses" - so the local Mafia don't like anyone treading on their toes then

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    Mylen1um

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • How mean. Perhaps she could go for a supermarket instead. I've heard there's overwhelming public support for this in the town.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • I feel so sorry for Mrs Howlett - trying to do something useful and business-like - only to be thwarted by misery-preaching, grumpy, destructive and probably envious doom-mongers. Sounds like those 'protesters' typify the worst of this country .. "I don't want to bother to show any initiative, so I'll stop everyone else .. " I do hope you can find a more enlightened environment to work, without going abroad! Good luck to you, Kathy, and hell-fire and confusion to your detractors.

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    Patrick

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Dunno about the tearoom but I'd love a new Archant sports reporter...

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Yes, Ms. Voyant. A lot of Holt`s twee establishments fall into the "Fur coat and no knickers" category. Costa Coffee and Wetherspoon`s would be a breath of fresh air, and bring quality and value to the High St. Terrifying prospect. Run `em outta town!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Not allowed to reply to CV. Costa&Wetherspoon. Sooner the better.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • So what would they prefer? A charity shop? Why can't Holt get use to the fat tht like other NN towns we attractive a lot of visitos and its our life blood. With visitors comes their needs. Let the lady be

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    weaversway

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • theres an empty shop in cromer in the main street and right next to a pedestrian crossing im sure this would make a fine tearoom and there wouldnt be any objections "would there"

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Send in Costa Coffee and Wetherspoon`s. That`ll liven up the local Mafia. Ask Southwolders.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • There's already more than enough tea rooms in Holt, and not enough parking to support them..

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    Lord Elf

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Suggest the premise could become an Ann Summers outlet or perhaps a 'bikers cafe' would certainly rattle a few cages and upset the green wellie set I also recently frequented one of the so called 'must be seen' restaurants in Holt and found standards poor and over priced Holt lives in the 1950's and needs a root and branch overhaul but never will whilst the undercurrent of snobbery rule Such a shame there is no proper car parking but this is another saga which has rumbled on for years due to self interested groups as Holt slowly goes down the pan

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    Claire Voyant

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

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