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Pub worries

PUBLISHED: 16:04 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:18 03 July 2010

Frustration is mounting over the state of a derelict pub in the heart of a village conservation area.

Beccles-based Cripps Developments won permission on appeal two months ago to convert the Royal Oak in Ormesby St Margaret and add more homes to its footprint, but has done nothing since then to progress the scheme.

Frustration is mounting over the state of a derelict pub in the heart of a village conservation area.

Beccles-based Cripps Developments won permission on appeal two months ago to convert the Royal Oak in Ormesby St Margaret and add more homes to its footprint, but has done nothing since then to progress the scheme.

This week a spokesman for Cripps said the company was still committed to the project and had not sold it on as was rumoured, adding: “The global market is dictating when we are going to start on it. We have other schemes we are working on.”

Meanwhile ward councillor Jim Shrimplin said he was asking borough planners to put pressure on Cripps to tidy up the eyesore site, close to the award winning village green, and hopefully issue a notice ordering them to take action.

Dean Minns, senior planner at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said the council would look at the site and added a member of the public had also raised a concern.

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