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Hopes to reopen historic 17th century pub after extension plans given the go ahead

PUBLISHED: 08:25 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 06 February 2018

The Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

The Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

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A closed down historic pub in which Nelson had once drank is hoped to spring back to life.

The Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

Expansion plans for the Lord Nelson pub in Burnham Thorpe have been given the ahead in a planning meeting yesterday morning.

The pub has remained closed since 2016, after owners Greene King repossessed the 17th century building following a dispute with tenants.

They submitted plans to West Norfolk council’s planning committee for a part single and part two storey extension to the rear of the building and two single storey side extensions.

Plans also include a new kitchen and additional car park space from 13 to 24.

The Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

But the plans has raised some objections from the parish council, stating that the height of both the two storey and single storey rear extensions seem excessive and out of keeping with the scale of the listed building.

Speaking on behalf of the parish council, Mima Garland made reference to how the site was located in a conservation area and Burnham Thorpe falls within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

She added: “Our aim now is to reduce harm as much as possible to the building and reduce the overall scale of the extension.”

But members of the planning committee voted overwhelmingly in favour of approving the plans, stating that the opening of the historic pub will bring local employment and drive more tourists to the area.

The Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian BurtThe Lord Nelson pub at Burnham Thorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

Planning chairman Vivienne Spikings said: “I would be pleased to see the much needed asset come back to life.

“It is just sitting there waiting to be open. It would be great to move forward and get those doors open and for us to work together.”

Councillor Elizabeth Watson said: “It attracts a lot of people, it is such a great interest with a lot of historic features within it.
“At the moment it is a bit cramped for the number of people who want to use it, there will be a lot more space now if this goes through.”

Councillor Martin Storey added: “We always talk about the past but I look to the future. We must move on, in this part of the world these pubs are extremely important.”

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