Former Norwich pub set to be turned into flats

The Magpie pub in Magpie road.

The Magpie pub in Magpie road.

Pints will never again be pulled at yet another former Norwich pub, after permission was granted for it to be converted into flats.

The Magpie pub, in Magpie Road, has been empty and boarded up for a decade, but the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) had hoped it could still be turned into a thriving pub.

However, officers at Norwich City Council have granted permission for the locally listed building, which was built in the early 19th century, to be converted into four flats, with two new homes added at the back.

The applicant for the Magpie pub site, Norwich-based Dawcet Ltd, stated in documents lodged with Norwich City Council that 'the main building would be preserved and its historic character would be retained and enhanced'. but that the property would 'have to undergo a complete repair and renovation programme.'

Neil Bowers, pub protection officer for the Norwich and Norfolk Camra branch, said: 'From a Camra point of view, it's disappointing to see another pub go. It is a real shame.

'From what I understand, when it was open, it was a good local pub.'

Neighbour John Watson welcomed the decision. He wrote to the council supporting the plan and said: 'The Magpie Pub has been derelict for some time and as a result has been attracting litter and is in a dilapidated state.'

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He said it had been targeted for 'anti-social behaviour' and, the 'lovely old building' should be put back into good use.

But another neighbour, Lauren Ives, had objected, expressing concerns that the building proposed at the back would overlook her property.

Until 2010, the pub was owned by the city council, when it was sold.

For a spell, the pub had been known as the Weighing Machine and the Weighing Chains because of a weighing machine which hung from the building.

It was used to weigh wagons and their merchandise before they headed into the city via Magdalen Gates.

The Norwich Evening News has, through our Love Your Local campaign, urged people to make use of pubs, or risk losing them forever.

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