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Councillors to visit North Wootton pub site before homes bid vote

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Councillors will visit the site of a village pub near Lynn this morning in order to decide whether new homes should be built there.

Developers insist the House on the Green premises in North Wootton will be refurbished and re-opened if their bid for seven properties at the southern end of the site is approved.

But a decision was deferred by West Norfolk Council's planning committee on Monday, when they overwhelmingly voted in favour of seeing the area for themselves first.

Village view - House On The Green pub.. (47885254)
Village view - House On The Green pub.. (47885254)

Committee member Tom Ryves said that, while he felt the proposed scheme appeared "extremely cramped", he would prefer to visit the site before making a decision.

The meeting earlier heard criticism from a nearby resident who described the application as "overbearing."

But the applicant, WW Properties (East Anglia) Ltd, insists the scheme will both provide vital starter homes and bring the pub, which has been closed since 2016, back into use.

However, councillor Michael de Whalley, who spoke against the development, argued the homes would restrict its ability to trade.

He said: "Parishioners have told us they want a decent pub long term.

"The proposal restricts customer parking and outdoor space, something highly desirable in the current climate."

Committee members also raised questions over how long the developer might take to renovate and promote, despite a proposed condition requiring full details of its plans before any of the homes are occupied.

The council's former deputy leader, Elizabeth Nockolds, said: "We could be waiting five years for the pub to be opened."

Following the site visit, committee members will resume their deliberations at Lynn town hall.

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