Norwich Pub to Be Developed Into Student Flats

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A former pub in Norwich is to be transformed into student accommodation after laying empty for more than two years.

Last year, developers Estateducation submitted plans with Norwich City Council seeking permission to convert and extend the site into a 35-bed student development.

However, city planners rejected the plans, suggesting it was too close to woodland at the back of the site, and some of the rooms would have very low levels of daylight.

Subsequently, Estateducation came back to the table with a revised plan, with the number of beds being cut to 34.

Developers said the revision would provide increased levels of light to all rooms.

Despite the revision, concerns were raised that the developer was trying to fit too much on the site and consisted of an over-development. Meanwhile, others wanted to see the building reinstated as a pub, although just three bids were made for the site since 2016 and none from public house operators.

Members of the city council's planning committee granted the developers permission by nine votes to two.