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Pub seeks permission for new holiday lets

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 September 2011

The George and Dragon in East Harling, manager Sue Butler (purple) and Assistant Manager Sam Butler (blue top).

The George and Dragon in East Harling, manager Sue Butler (purple) and Assistant Manager Sam Butler (blue top).

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

Tourists could soon have the choice of four new holiday lets at a Norfolk pub if planning permission is granted.

Owners of the George and Dragon Pub in East Harling have submitted an application to transform a function room into four self-contained holiday units.

If granted permission this would take the number of rooms the pub has on offer up to eight, and bring extra rooms to the already popular rural village.

Assistant manager Sam Butler said the pub had reopened earlier this year after a complete refurbishment.

“We’ve got four rooms already which have been very successful and fingers crossed, we’ll have four more,” she said.

“Obviously with Snetterton race course nearby the demand round here is very high but most people have to stay in Norwich because there aren’t enough rooms.”

Although the pub is grade II listed the function room is not. If granted permission, the plan would be to sub-divide the building, at the rear of the pub, into four units, providing windows and doors were necessary. 
Currently the function room is one large empty open space, on one floor, with two toilets leading off it and a store room. The new units would include room for a double bed, a dressing area, clothes storage and a separate shower room. Each would have its own access off School Lane.

Unit one would be designed for disabled access and include a larger wet room.

Parking would be in the existing car park.

Ms Butler said in difficult times it was important for pubs to think about new ways of drumming up business and added: “The building at the back was previously an events room which the locals objected to because of the noise and we have to respect them, but at the same time make the most of the business.

“It’s not an easy time for the pub trade and to have eight rooms is a huge advantage. We all support each other in the village and if we’re fully booked we will send them in the direction of B&Bs in the village which is nice.”


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