Housing plan for former Gayton pub is approved

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Plans to turn a former village pub into housing have been approved this week.

A new proposal to convert the old Rampant Horse premises in Gayton into four one and two bedroom homes was approved by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee on Monday.

Last year, around 200 people signed an online petition calling for the pub to be saved and re-opened.

They argued the premises, which have now been closed for two years, were still viable and should be kept as a community asset.

But planning officers, who had recommended approval of the scheme, reported figures from the applicant, Freebridge Community Housing, which suggested the pub had been operating at a substantial loss prior to its closure.

They said it appeared campaigners’ projections were “based on much more optimistic trading circumstances than the pub actually operated under.”

Parish councillors also raised no objections to the plan, though they did voice concerns about visibility for drivers entering and leaving the site.