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Pub building saved from demolition in Pulham St Mary

Villagers in Pulham St Mary flock to the public meeting to discuss the future plans for the redundant Kings Head pub. It was standing room only at the Pennoyer Centre. Cllr Clayton Hudson with Lord MacGregor, Richard Bacon MP and Cllr Martin Wilby with villagers outside the pub.

Villagers in Pulham St Mary flock to the public meeting to discuss the future plans for the redundant Kings Head pub. It was standing room only at the Pennoyer Centre. Cllr Clayton Hudson with Lord MacGregor, Richard Bacon MP and Cllr Martin Wilby with villagers outside the pub.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2015

A scheme to knock down a 17th century pub building in a Norfolk village and turn it into 18 homes has been thrown out by planning officers.

Graham Scott, the owner of the boarded-up King’s Head Inn in Pulham St Mary, near Diss, has been told his plan for the grade II-listed building to be torn down and replaced by 12 flats and six homes is not suitable.

Mr Scott’s application to South Norfolk Council has been refused under delegated powers by planning officers.

The refusal notice says the new homes would harm the setting of a conservation area and be out of keeping with the area’s appearance and the demolition of the King’s Head Inn on The Street, which has been closed since 2007, was a “substantial harm” to a listed building.

The notice led to the next stage of a campaign set up to keep the King’s Head Inn for the good of the community.

A petition with 550 names has been handed over to David Bills, chairman of South Norfolk Council, asking for the council to consider compulsorily purchasing the building.

Campaigners, including Richard Bacon, South Norfolk MP, who handed over the petition, hope the purchase will lead to an agreement between the council and residents to allow the transfer of the building to them so it can be run under community ownership.

The council would be compensated for the purchase cost. The petition is set to be discussed by full council on December 14.

Mr Scott had claimed restoring the pub to its former use would be unfeasible.

In September, about 200 residents attended a public meeting about the pub plan at the Pennoyer Centre.

Is your community fighting to keep its pub? Email reporter Anthony Carroll at anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk


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