Homes plan for First and Last pub in Ormesby to be considered again after ‘technicality’ renders permission invalid

The former First and Last pub on the edge of Ormesby.
Picture: James Bass

The former First and Last pub on the edge of Ormesby. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A pub-to-homes planning saga has taken a fresh twist after it emerged a crucial piece of paperwork was wrong.

The First and Last at Ormesby St Margaret has been the focus of a long-running battle first to knock it down, then to turn it into homes.

But, just weeks after planning permission was finally granted, it has been declared invalid because the wrong notice was served by the applicants, Elizabeth Holdings.

Dean Minns, head of planning at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said the issue was a technicality but meant a new application would have to be brought back to members probably at their August or September meeting and considered all over again.

He said the error was to do with the certificate of ownership which he said was a 'crucial part' of the validation process.

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Meanwhile an issue had also emerged to do with mains water pipes.

Adrian Peck, chairman of Ormesby with Scratby Parish Council, said neighbours opposed to the scheme had found details of water main pipes running under the proposed new homes.

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He speculated that the new information could be significant and lead to either the pipes being diverted or the new homes re-positioned.

He said: 'In 1980 that pipe burst and it flooded the area including the First and Last.

'Personally I am very concerned that should that happen again there would be houses there.

'We just want to see something happen there. If it is to be conversion into a house that is not a problem, but it seems a shame.

'From our point of view it is the entry into our village.'

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