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Holt tearoom approved despite dozens of objections

PUBLISHED: 08:35 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:35 18 January 2013

Renew clothes shop, Holt, where the new tearoom will be. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Renew clothes shop, Holt, where the new tearoom will be. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

A tearoom application which attracted 103 objections has been given the go ahead by councillors.

Members of North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) Development Committee approved the plan to change a Holt clothes shop called Renew, in Chapel Yard, into a tearoom yesterday.

The proposal was submitted to NNDC by Cathy Howlett, who does not own the clothes shop but told councillors she had family connections to the town.

At the end of the debate Mrs Howlett said Renew would be closing the shop to trade online and she hoped the tearoom would be open by this Easter.

Objections included the business should not be lost to another food and drink establishment, it could create noise if there were tables outside and could add to the town’s existing parking problems.

Holt Town Council objected to the plan because of the loss of A1 retail to an A3 space.

But Mrs Howlett told the committee: “It would be a fine dining experience for young and old, would source local food and would be a Norfolk experience.”

She said the tearoom would be open for customers between 10am and 5pm and wanted local groups to use it.

Committee member John Wyatt said: “Holt is becoming a place for cafés and estate agents. We need to keep A1 premises. I’m dead against it.”

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