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New lease of life planned for historic West Norfolk pub

Planning permission is wanted for alterations to an empty pub in South Creake.

The proposals for The Ostrich Inn in Fakenham Road include a rear extension and the creation of a first-floor restaurant.

A report with an application to West Norfolk Council says the pub has been empty since 2017 and has suffered from a lack of maintenance.

How The Ostrich Inn is proposed to look (42290705)
How The Ostrich Inn is proposed to look (42290705)

It added: “During that time the building has been designated as an Asset of Community Value, offering it protection from inappropriate development.

“The proposal is to retain and enhance the existing use as a public house, and improving the amount of lettable rooms to a high standard, whilst improving the restaurant provision to restore and improve the social asset for the community.

“The proposal includes for a modest one-and-a-half storey rear extension to provide safe access to the first floor and a welcoming rear entrance, whilst the conversion of the single storey outbuilding provides additional guest rooms.

“The barn is proposed to be partially retained as a restaurant space, whilst the remainder provides a self-contained guest suite to be fitted out to a high standard.”

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