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Chequers Inn in Bressingham to stay as Community Asset

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Plans to convert a closed pub in Bressingham into a bed-and-breakfast appear to have sustained another setback after South Norfolk Council rejected the owners’ Community Asset de-listing appeal.

The Chequers Inn, off the A1066 Low Road, will remain on the district council’s Asset of Community Value (ACV) register after an appeal to remove it was logged by the property’s owners Michael and Hazel Knox-Johnston, who had their change-of-use application on the pub refused by planners last year.

A statement from South Norfolk Council said: “It is realistic to consider that there may be a time within the next five years when there could be non-ancillary use of the building or land that would further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community.”

The property remains closed to the public.

The agents representing the Knox-Johnstons had reportedly sought advice from local commercial property agency Christies to show there is no realistic prospect of the building being run successfully as a pub.

However, the Friends of Bressingham Chequers Community Asset Group claim this evidence has not yet been produced, and insist the Chequers Inn could be revived under new management guided by traditional pub principles.

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