Fears over bid to build homes on pub car park

King's Head, Woodton

King's Head, Woodton - Credit: Archant

Concerns are being raised about a bid to build homes in the car park of a popular village pub.

King's Head, Woodton

King's Head, Woodton - Credit: Archant

A parish council meeting will take place at Woodton Village Hall, near Bungay at 7.30pm this evening to discuss an application submitted to build two houses on the car park of The King's Head on Hempnall Road.

According to the design and access statement, which was submitted to the South Norfolk Council by Bulrush Homes Ltd, two four-bedroom dwellings are proposed to be built at the land to the east of the pub.

An excerpt of the application states: "Each of the dwellings have their own private parking and shared turning area. The existing garden table area for the King's Head will become the new car park area and the demolished outbuildings will become the new external table area.

"Works will include the upgrading to the entrance conservatory area, bar and toilets and shall be as proposed sketch or subject to condition."

The King's Head, Woodton. Photo: Bill Darnell

The King's Head, Woodton. Photo: Bill Darnell - Credit: Archant © 2007

However, villagers have objected to the plans and claimed the pub "needs the space currently available" for parking.

One letter of objection received from the public said: "The majority of the 'outbuilding' to the rear of the existing pub proposed to be demolished is the dining and function room, this is often full to capacity with more than one sitting for the wonderful Sunday carvery that The King's Head offers and also often used for private functions.

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"The local area is continually seeing pubs being closed and converted. The King's Head at Woodton not only supports the residents of Woodton and Bedingham, but has taken in patrons from all around due to these closures; Hedenham where The Mermaid remains closed, Brooke where the Kings Head (Norwich Road) has closed, and Hempnall where the Queens Head has closed and been converted to housing.

"All these areas that have lost pubs who now rely on The Kings Head at Woodton require people to use their car to access the facilities due to the rural nature of the area, distance between sites, and limited public transport therefore further showing the importance of there being enough car parking for the size of the premises."

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