Fate of former Norwich pub Ferry Boat Inn is finally decided

The Ferry Boat, King Street, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Ferry Boat, King Street, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A riverside pub which has been empty for a decade is finally set to be turned into flats, after plans were given the go-ahead.

The Ferry Boat Inn, in Norwich's King Street, used to be one of the city's key rock music venues but it has been empty since 2006.

Members of Norwich City Council's planning committee last year rejected a bid to build apartments there, stating plans were not sensitive to the conservation area.

Ferry Boat Developments came back with a scaled back application for the Grade II listed property and its surrounding area.

The original application proposed 43 apartments and a seven-storey tower. That was reduced to 41 dwellings and a five-storey tower.

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And members of the planning committee today agreed, by 11 votes to one, to grant permission for the development, subject to a string of conditions being met.

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