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Pub where murder happened could become a Co-op

PUBLISHED: 14:02 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:45 26 May 2015

The Compasses, Snettisham. Picture: Ian Burt

The Compasses, Snettisham. Picture: Ian Burt

The Compasses pub in Snettisham has stood empty since the murder of its landlady five years ago and could become a store.

Co-op Group Food has submitted a planning application to change the use of the pub, which has been closed since the death of Becky Thorpe.

Miss Thorpe’s partner, landlord Michael Tucker, is serving a minimum term of 22 years behind bars for murdering the 28-year-old on March 9, 2010.

He was convicted of shooting Miss Thorpe, a former Downham Market dental nurse, at the Lynn Road pub and hiding her body in a freezer outside.

In a report to West Norfolk’s planning committee, councillors are recommended to approve the application when they meet on June 1.

The proposals also include 19 parking spaces, four to be used by staff.

While Snettisham Parish Council has not objected to the application, concerns have been raised about the impact of delivery lorries on an “existing traffic bottleneck”.

A petition with 393 signatures has also been submitted by the owner of Snettisham Village Stores objecting to the proposal.

When the application was first submitted earlier this year, a spokesman for the Co-op said: “The Co-operative does hope to serve the Snettisham community.

“There are plans to rejuvenate the former Compasses inn site and we are working with the developer to open a small convenience store on the ground floor.

“It would create up to 20 new full and part-time jobs and, as a community retailer, play an active part in local life.”

Previous plans for the site have included homes, offices and a shop.

Do you think the pub should be converted into a supermarket? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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