Making way for Wetherspoons in North Walsham

Just Regional
Aug 23, 2016 2 mins read

North Norfolk District Council is soon expected to be in a position to be able to offer J D Wetherspoons freehold vacant possession of the council offices in New Road, North Walsham.

The agreement to sell the listed property to the award-winning pub chain has been dependent on North Norfolk District Council finding alternative premises for North Walsham Town Council. NNDC also wanted to ensure it supported Citizen’s Advice Bureau and North Norfolk Community Transport in finding alternative premises.

This has now been achieved with the town council about to move into the Register Office in King’s Arms Street on a 10-year lease. In order to ensure these premises are fit for purpose for both the Town Council and registrars, NNDC is proposing to provide a kitchen and second toilet for the building.

The Citizens Advice Bureau will be moving to a unit in St Nicholas’s Precinct and North Norfolk Community Transport has already moved to the North Walsham Industrial Estate.

Tom FitzPatrick Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “We are very pleased to be close to being able to offer freehold vacant possession allowing Wetherspoons to move forward with its proposals for a pub-restaurant in the town, subject to planning and licensing consents.

“Attracting new jobs and improving the facilities in North Walsham is a major priority for the district council.

“The process of identifying suitable new premises for the organisations working within the New Road building has taken more time than anticipated but we are pleased each now has a new home.”

It is expected the £1.6m investment proposals can now be progressed with the purchase of the New Road property by J D Wetherspoons and application for planning permission to convert the building into a pub.

Twon clerk Nick Clancy said: “We will be moving beginning on Tuesday, September 6, and possibly not completely vacating the New Road offices until the end of that week. The contact telephone number will be unchanged – 01692 404114 – as will the email address.

“You may be unable to contact us by phone on September 6, at least until we have the system running properly, but we intend to at least have a skeleton office up and running on the first day of the move. Please bear with us during this period; we will respond as soon as we are able to.”


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