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Work delayed on Norfolk’s next Wetherspoons pub

PUBLISHED: 14:14 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:40 10 September 2018

An artist impression of the planned Wetherspoons pub by the Diss Mere. Picture: JD Wetherspoon

An artist impression of the planned Wetherspoons pub by the Diss Mere. Picture: JD Wetherspoon

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Work to build a new JD Wetherspoon pub next to Diss Mere may not start this year after the national chain submitted revised plans.

Land owner Joe Darrell on the car park next to Diss Mere where the new Wetherspoons pub could be built. Picture: Sonya DuncanLand owner Joe Darrell on the car park next to Diss Mere where the new Wetherspoons pub could be built. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The pub giant had previously said that work would start on its latest Norfolk pub back in 2017 and hoped to see pints being pulled sometime in 2018.

But with no signs of construction since South Norfolk Council approved plans for the new pub to be located in Kings Head Yard last October they have now confirmed there is no set date when work will begin with it looking unlikely to be in 2018.

The £2.7m two-storey pub and restaurant in a striking curved building will feature a mezzanine level and balcony with views across the water and a design inspired by ‘reeds and grasses at the Mere’s edge’.

There will also be a beer garden and a section jutting out over the Mere, directly next to the boardwalk to the new Mere Gardens.

However revised plans to alter the construction of the foundations of the building have now been submitted to the district council and the pub chain said it is still assessing the costs of the project.

A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, said: “We are still working on the costs associated with the new Diss pub and the process of agreeing party wall.

Kings Head Yard in Diss where the new Wetherspoons pub is planned. Picture: Sonya DuncanKings Head Yard in Diss where the new Wetherspoons pub is planned. Picture: Sonya Duncan

“There are no concrete dates for when work on construction will start yet. But Wetherspoon are still very keen to open a pub in the town.”

Plans for the long-awaited development, in a car park down a short lane off Mere Street, date back to 2012 when landowner Joe Darrell secured planning permission for a restaurant-bar. His family company subsequently agreed a long-term lease for the land to JD Wetherspoon.

Mr Darrell said the pub chain had been given the green light to build on the site five years ago, but changes to the design meant construction was delayed and their permission expired.

The pub chain’s subsequent 2017 plans were approved with conditions including limiting opening hours to between 8am and midnight.

The planned pub would employ 15 full-time staff and 20 part-timers. An artist’s impression shows it called The King’s Head, the name of the previous watering hole near the site.

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