Pub owner resubmits plans for six homes
The owner of a closed village pub, which has been put on the Buildings at Risk Register, has resubmitted plans to build six homes in its grounds.
Graham Scott, of The King’s Head in Pulham St Mary, this week also had his appeal against an earlier planning decision dismissed.
In August 2012, South Norfolk planners turned down his application to lift a restriction attached to permission to convert a stable into a landlord’s flat so that it could be sold or leased separately to the pub. On Monday, a planning inspector upheld the council’s decision, although a second appeal by Mr Scott against refusal to allow the blocking up of two toilet windows was allowed.
Mr Scott, who has owned the pub since 1993, lodged new plans last week for the building of six bespoke cottage-style houses with garages and the construction of a private driveway. His previous application for a similar scheme was opposed by the parish council and refused by planners in February 2012.
Mr Scott told the Diss Express: “It’s a fresh application to address the reasons for refusal. It has support of a lot of the village residents and all supporters have seen and like the layout of the street scene and the aspects of the homes.” He said it was a totally separate development to the pub, but the future of the pub was dependent on the plans going ahead.
Mr Scott closed the King’s Head in 2007 stating a need to make the business viable by downsizing, with the development of its land necessary to finance work on the Grade II -listed building for it to reopen.
Since 2006, he has tried to sell the building and also filed a number of applications for changes and repairs to the pub. In February, Mr Scott resubmitted plans for a car park and overflow area which are currently awaiting consideration.
In January the pub was placed on the Buildings at Risk Register by South Norfolk Council. A Section 215 Notice was issued requiring Mr Scott to carry out remedial work to the site. He has appealed against the notice.
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