Plans for Fakenham’s oldest pub

A chalk board indicates that The Star in Fakenham has closed

A chalk board indicates that The Star in Fakenham has closed - Credit: Archant

Fakenham's oldest pub could be turned into a home.

Fakenham company GCMD Ltd has applied to North Norfolk District Council for permission to allow a change of use of The Star, (pictured), on Oak Street.

The news comes as significant steps have been made to redevelop two long-term eyesores, 57 Oak Street and garages at Star Yard, which are both near The Star.

These developments could mean the western side of Fakenham town centre could soon have a significantly different look. The Star, reputed to date back to around 1600, is a listed building.

It is said to have been used as a pilgrims' house before it became a licensed premises.

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More recently, The Star has had several problems. It has been closed for several weeks after a third attempt to make a success of the pub in three years fell through.

No date has been set for NNDC to make a decision on The Star but it will not be before July 3. Meanwhile, NNDC has given the owner of 57 Oak Street and some structurally unsound garages at Star Yard four months to improve their condition.

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The garages, which are directly opposite The Star, are 400-years-old.

Number 57 Oak Street, a former flower shop, has been derelict for more than 20 years.

Both properties are owned by the same man. If he does not carry out work to 'ensure their structural integrity and ensure they no longer compromise the street scene' within four months, NNDC will undertake the works and recover the costs from him.

NNDC cabinet member for localism, Trevor Ivory, said: 'From empty homes to eyesore properties, we have put enforcement at the top of our agenda and the results are starting to show.

'The council always tries to work co-operatively with property owners but, unfortunately, some refuse to co-operate.

'We gave the landowner reasonable time to sort these issues, but to no avail, so we have served legal notices. These properties have been a blight on the attractiveness of Fakenham for too long and the council is not prepared to allow the situation to continue.

'We are sending a clear message to landowners across the district that the council will use all the powers available to it to make sure that the attractiveness of our towns and villages is protected.'

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