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Norwich pub set to be turned into flats

The Magpie pub in Magpie road.

The Magpie pub in Magpie road.

Pints will never again be pulled at yet another former pub, after permission was granted for it to be converted into flats.

The Magpie pub, in Magpie Road, Norwich, has been empty and boarded up for a decade.

But the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) had hoped it could become a thriving pub again.

However, officers at Norwich City Council have granted permission for the locally listed building, which was built in the early 19th century, to be converted into four flats, with two new homes added at the back.

The applicant for the Magpie pub site, Norwich-based Dawcet Ltd, stated in documents lodged with Norwich City Council that “the main building would be preserved and its historic character would be retained and enhanced”. but that the property would “have to undergo a complete repair and renovation programme.”

Neil Bowers, pub protection officer for the Norwich and Norfolk Camra branch, said: “From a Camra point of view, it’s disappointing to see another pub go. It is a real shame. From what I understand, when it was open, it was a good local pub.”

Until 2010, the city council owned the pub.

It was once nicknamed the Weighing Machine and the Weighing Chains because of a weighing machine which hung from the building. It was used to weigh wagons and their merchandise before they headed into the city via Magdalen Gates.

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