Plan for Downham pub bid

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A proposed £1.3 million make-over for a Downham pub has been re-submitted.

National chain J D Wetherspoons pulled its planning application for the White Hart, in Bridge Street, at the start of August.

West Norfolk Council had asked the chain to re-submit its original application as consultees were not aware of what they were commenting on.

The firm re-submitted two planning applications for the listed building on Tuesday last week.

Little seems to have changed with the planning applications, which are asking for permission to build a large flat roof extension to the back and add machinery.

The firm is also looking to add sliding folding doors to the side to allow in more light, along with a designated smoking shelter.

The application states: “Hard and soft landscaping to the courtyard and garden areas are to be complemented with various potted plants throughout. An external fireplace with comfortable, relaxed seating is proposed. The finishes will be a mix of easi-grass and various paved surfaces for ease of maintenance.

“The extension has been designed to be a contemporary contrast to the existing building with clear indication as to which areas are new. Plant is positioned to be as hidden as possible.

“Disabled access is provided to all areas of the pub and hotel. WC facilities are provided at ground floor level with an ambulant disabled cubical provided to the male and female facilities on the first floor.”