Planning inspector gives go-ahead to controversial plans for new tearoom in Salhouse

Boats moored up at Salhouse Broad on a balmy October afternoon.
Picture: James Bass

Boats moored up at Salhouse Broad on a balmy October afternoon. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Controversial plans for a new tearoom on the edge of the Broads have been given the go-ahead following an appeal.

The Woodbastwick Estate was met with fierce criticism when it proposed to transform part of a cottage near Salhouse Broad into a tearoom.

When the plans were submitted last year, many people feared that the scheme would drive a local cafe out of business.

Two parish councils objected to the plans and it was eventually refused by the Broads Authority in October.

But following an appeal by Woodbastwick Estate, a planning inspector has now overturned the decision and granted it permission.

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Inspector Luke Flemming said: 'I have noted the other community facilities in Salhouse and nearby and the concerns with regard to the impact of the proposed development on the viability of those facilities.

'However, there is no substantive evidence before me which demonstrates that the viability of community facilities nearby would be compromised should the proposed development be allowed.'

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The Broads Authority's planning committee initially turned down the plans due to uncertainty around parking on the site.

Members also wanted find out if there was enough demand for another tearoom.

But in his ruling, the planning inspector said the proposed parking provision of 13 spaces was 'significant' and met the council's standards.

The estate previously said the scheme would breathe life into the 19th century cottage, on Slad Lane, and strengthen the local economy.

But the owner of Prima Rosa, Martin Nudd, said the rival business would 'strangle' the number of customers travelling into the village.

• What do you think to the plans? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684

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