Apartments could be built on derelict Ferry Boat Inn site in Norwich

The Ferry Boat Inn in Norwich. Photo: Archant

The Ferry Boat Inn in Norwich. Photo: Archant - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

A fresh effort to breathe life into a boarded-up pub has been launched.

The Ferry Boat Inn, in Norwich, used to be a key rock music venue, but it has been vacant since 2006.

A bid to turn it into a hostel for backpackers was abandoned, and planning councillors last year rejected a bid to build 43 apartments there, stating plans were not sensitive to the conservation area.

Developers went back to the drawing board and have now lodged a scaled back application, hoping that this will allay concerns.

The original application proposed 43 apartments and a seven-storey tower; this has been reduced to 41 dwellings and a five-storey tower.

Developers Ferry Boat Developments LLP paid more than £500,000 for the King Street site. A statement on behalf of the applicants said the new vision represented the outcome of a 'process of refinement' following extensive consultation.

David Eve, of Historic England, said previous concerns chiefly involved the scale of the tower on the King Street side of the site.

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He said that the proposed reduction in height was a 'significant improvement' and would not wish to oppose the application in principle.

Lucie Carayon, of the Ancient Monuments Society, said: 'The site is of great significance and we are very concerned that important historic fabric may be lost as a result of the conversion works.'

Norwich City Council's planning committee will decide the fate of the planning application for the Grade II listed building later this month.

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