Plans to turn a notorious village pub into a new shop and offices have been approved despite strong local opposition.
The proposal for the former Compasses pub in Lynn Road, Snettisham, was granted planning consent by a West Norfolk Council committee on Monday.
Prior to the meeting, a petition containing almost 400 signatures, organised by the owner of the Snettisham Village Stores, was submitted to the council, calling for the scheme to be rejected.
Concerns were also raised by the village’s parish council about the impact of deliveries to the site on traffic flows in the area, although they maintain they want to see the site developed.
But the borough council’s planning committee accepted officers’ recommendation to approve the application from the Co-operative Group Food Ltd.
They said the plan met planning guidelines and should be supported because it promoted economic growth in a rural area.
The site became infamous following the murder of the pub’s former landlady, Rebecca Thorpe, whose body was found in a freezer in an outbuilding, in 2010.
Her then partner, Michael Tucker was jailed for life for the killing in 2011.