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

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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.”

5 comments

  • Yay, build houses on it to add to the vast quantity already planned in Norfolk's attempt to house every single homeless person in England.

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    alecto

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • I have conducted a quick search online for homes in our area and using just one website I have found 80892 homes for sale. So yes please build some more houses. I have a list of reasons why we do not need to build anymore but I just cannot be bothered anymore to list them as the powers that be have only one thing on their minds and that’s to build more houses please.

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    paul marris

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • These public consultations, have and always have been nothing but ridiculous in efforts to make local people feel as if they have some control over what happens.

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    Catton Man

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Second go at this post. I cannot understand why this traditional pub building and others like it are not listed. It is a good example of its style and anyone can run a property into dereliction to give an excuse to pull it down. As our small Norfolk buildings built in local style and local materials are pulled down one by one as if they dont count for anything the county loses its individuality and we are left with Norfolk plastered with boxes that could be anywhere or in all together wrong copies of local styles. If a development company buys a pub ( usually with the intention of killing it) councils should make it clear that if it is in a village situation only conversion to residential, or small business within the building will be permitted, so that the character of our villages is retained and the building is still there if the demand fro a pub returns. A shop and other homes can go anywhere.If we let move ins and spivs dictate what happens to our county we get what we deserve.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Nothing gets posted ! Why is this building not listed? Move ins and greedy developers are destroying the character of Norfolk building by building.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, December 10, 2012

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