Former Salhouse coffee shop at centre of bitter cafe rivalry could become a home
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A Salhouse coffee shop which was at the centre of a bitter village rivalry with a neighbouring cafe could be turned into a home.
Kerry Radley, who owns the now-closed Radley's coffee shop on Lower Street, is seeking change-of-use permission for the premises.
The 45-year-old said she wanted to sell the property and 'move on'.
It follows a long-standing dispute with the owners of the Prima Rosa cafe next door.
Her application to Broadland District Council seeks permission to change the use of the premises from a shop/cafe to a dwelling.
'I have lost a lot of money on my little venture,' Miss Radley said. 'All I tried to do was to help my community.
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'My idea is to get change of use [permission] and sell it as it is.'
Both Radley's and Prima Rosa have been competing for trade ever since the latter opened in 2015.
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During that period, both cafes have been targeted by fake reviews and online 'trolling'.
Last year Miss Radley was made subject of a Community Protection Notice (CPN) following allegations about her behaviour.
The mother-of-three was accused of causing 'anxiety' to staff and customers of Prima Rosa.
She always denied the claims and lodged an appeal in court, prompting Broadland District Council to withdraw the order it imposed in 2017.
The story gained national attention, and raised questions about the use of CPNs.
Miss Radley said by selling the premises she could put the past behind her.
The cafe, which also served as a shop and post office, closed in September 2017 - more than three years after it opened.
Miss Radley said she invested £75,000 in her business. But months after she opened, Salhouse parish councillor Martin Nudd and his wife launched their own tearoom just metres away in May 2015.
Miss Radley said it resulted in her losing a lot of summer trade as Prima Rosa was the first stop for people visiting from the broad.
Mr Nudd previously said he had 'no idea' of Miss Radley's plans when he and his wife put their bid in for the site in April 2014.
Despite being closed for several months now, Miss Radley claimed her cafe was recently targeted by vandals. Photographs show the words 'cake wars' spray-painted on her wall, alongside stencils of hand grenades.