Problems for Overstrand pub extension

A popular seaside pub is in trouble with officials for a barn conversion extension that does not match the plans.

The White Horse at Overstrand was last year given planning permission for a rear extension and conversion of the barn to a restaurant.

But the scheme is back before councillors because the finished building is not like the one given the green light.

It is bigger than it should be, the number and proportion of the windows are different, and an oversailing roof does not have the supporting posts shown.

The building materials have also changed with colour-washed render instead of bricks, the roof is slate instead of clay pantiles and the windows are white UPVC rather than timber.

A report to councillors says the resultant building 'deviates in many respects' and has an 'alien appearance' which is 'stark and harsh' and fails to preserve or improve the late 18th, early 19th century pub which is in a conservation area.

North Norfolk District Council's development committee will on Thursday being asked to refuse the scheme because of its impact and take enforcement action - but give the give the pub six months to put it right, 'taking account the potential economic consequences on this business.'

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The parish council and six local residents have objected saying the building is not in keeping with the surrounding buildings.

One letter of support from the pub says the newly-converted barn adds to the local economy and disagrees about the impact.