In Brundall Tesco wants to turn the Ram pub into an Express store. The village’s parish council has started proceedings to get the building listed as a community asset. If listed as a community asset by Broadland District Council, the parish council will be given time to come up with its own bid for the pub if it is sold. The parish council has applied for the listing under the 2011 Localism Act and, if approved, it would be the first time the law has been used in Broadland, since the scheme started in September 2012.
Around 300 villagers attended a public meeting in January and expressed their concerns about the loss of the pub. About 1,700 people in Brundall have signed a petition which asked for views on Enterprise Inn’s plans to lease the building to Tesco. And 90% of the responses have come out against the supermarket. Villagers at the meeting raised concerns about traffic around the site and the impact on shops in Brundall’s centre.
Enterprise Inns have asked Broadland District Council about reviving a planning application approved in 1993 for an extension to the pub. In February the Council refused to revive the old planning application.