Shock plans to demolish Queens Head in Burgh Castle

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Shock plans to demolish Queens Head in Burgh Castle

Postby hank » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:04 pm

An application for prior notification has been launched to demolish the Queens Head pub in Burgh Castle.
The news has stunned locals who did not notice any issues ongoing at the pub.
Landlord David James said “the public house is no longer viable as a business” on the application to Great Yarmouth Borough Council. He added: “If it is closed and and left empty then it will be rquired to pay business rates so we would like to demolish the building.
“A enquiry was recently taken up with the L.P.A as to whether it is a community asset and as the L.P.A made no response in the requisite time period, it was established that it was not a community asset.”
The documents also state the works are expected to commence on January 31 and be completed by February 28 and the full site is to be demolished to a flat and safe surface.
Trevor Greenacre, the parish council chairman for Burgh Castle said: “It would be a huge loss to the village.
“It is a big shock and we are stunned and don’t know why it is happening as there was nothing to suggest that there was any problems.”
John Rudrum, also a parish councillor for the village added: “I am very sad to hear about this - the pub has been here as long as I have.
“I know a lot of pubs struggle these days but I did not realise there were any issues at the Queens Head.”
Should the demolition goes ahead, then it will leave the Kingfishers Bar as the only drinking establishment in the village.
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Re: Shock plans to demolish Queens Head in Burgh Castle

Postby hank » Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:15 am

A pub landlord has defended his plans to demolish a village pub and could be set to develop the site with affordable housing. The century old Queens Head pub in Burgh Castle has been run by David James for the past 16 years.
However, Mr James has now submitted an application of prior notification to demolish the site.
He said: “The first five years were very good but with all the government legislations and EU rules it is becoming increasingly impossible to run a decent small business.
“Over the last decade the business has been subsidized by me personally to keep it up to the required standard.
“I have advertised it for lease and also for sale freehold but no one has come forward with a sensible proposition.
“I respect all the points of view of the locals that actually use the property on a regular basis, but I would say these probably total 5pc of the village.
“Yes the holiday trade is quite good but this does not bring in enough income to warrant keeping the place open.
“If nothing is forthcoming soon I will look to develop the site with affordable housing which Burgh Castle currently lacks.”
Over the years he has had several planning applications for the site turned down including a larger car park for the pub, a restaurant on the side of the property and three holiday chalets.
He added that while the pub’s food had a fantastic reputation, it was mostly used by people from other villages at the weekend and not locals.
He also lowered prices in 2008 so people could taxi to the venue and have a reasonably priced night out, but this didn’t improve the turnout enough.
Planning documents state the works are expected to commence on January 31 and be completed by February 28.
Bookings made in the new year will still be honoured.
The demolition of the site would leave only the Kingfisher Bar as the only other drinking establishment in the village.
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