Proposals to turn a Broads pub into a house are refused

The Berney Arms pub, one of Norfolk's most isolated pubs.Picture: James Bass

The Berney Arms pub, one of Norfolk's most isolated pubs.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

An unpopular proposal to turn a Broads pub into a house has been refused.

The Berney Arms, accessible only by boat, train or a five-mile trek across the marshes, is among the country's pubs furthest from the beaten track.

Yet owner Raymond Hollocks says falling turnover and decreased river traffic has forced him to look at other options for the business.

Yesterday his planning application to change it into a house was turned down by Broads Authority members after a strong reaction from the local community.

A Broads Tourism spokesman said: 'This site is hugely important to tourism in the Broads for walkers, naturalists, sailors and rail enthusiasts to name just a few.


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'Is it too late to have constructive dialogue with the inn's owner to see if there is any way forward to ensure this site's viability and vitality is protected for future generations?

Halvergate Parish Council also objected to the proposal.

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