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Poll: Public have their say on future of former Windmill Pub in Wymondham

PUBLISHED: 16:59 09 December 2012 | UPDATED: 16:53 10 December 2012

The Windmill pub in Wymondham. Photograph Simon Parker

The Windmill pub in Wymondham. Photograph Simon Parker

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Scores of people turned out this weekend to have their say on what form of development a redundant pub should take.

Saturday’s public consultation, in Wymondham, allowed people to comment on whether the former Windmill Pub should be replaced with housing, a small supermarket, or a mix.

Citygate Developments, which bought the building earlier this year, said it intends to develop the site with the preferred option from the meeting at which people were asked to leave comments on three proposals.

This included turning the site into a 4,000 sq ft supermarket with a smaller 1,000 sq ft shop next to it; turning it into a four-bedroom house at the front of the site with three bungalows at the back, plus parking for two cars per house; or a mix of the two with a store and two bungalows.

Director Iain Reid said: “What would be helpful would be if there’s an overwhelming wish for one or the other option - that would make our job a bit easier.

“We want to improve the investment in a tired and rundown site.

“That could be residential or not - we had a chap come in who said he would love to live in a bungalow near the town centre, and we also had a couple of people say they would like a shop in this neck of the woods.

“Basically we just want to improve the site and we’re interested to see what the locals would like.”

He said although the scheme was in its early stages, the company hoped to submit a planning application in the new year, with a view to start work in 2013.

Mr Reid added: “It’s very unusual to seek people’s views before we’ve got an idea ourselves.

“The people are going to help us forge our view of the site and I’m really enjoying it - we’ve had good feedback.

“I think the community has been brought together by objections to a previous application on the playing field site so there’s a lot of public awareness about supermarkets and development in Wymondham and this particular area.

“The pub was going to be an access so there’s a lot of public sensitivity to this and people are willing to come out and give their views.”

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