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CASE STUDY

Queens Head Close, Thurlton

Four new build three-bedroom houses

Client | Norfolk Village Inns Ltd
Services | Architecture from feasibility study to completion

CASE STUDY

Queens Head Close, Thurlton

Four new build three-bedroom houses

Client | Norfolk Village Inns Ltd
Services | Architecture from feasibility study to completion

The Queen’s Head public house was purchased in April 2006 by members of the local community, to ensure a friendly heart to the village of Thurlton and surrounding areas. Investment was required to repair and refurbish the building in order that the pub was able to continue as a viable business and the hub of the village. Since the pub occupied a fairly large site, one option put forward was to redevelop or sell some of this land. The land consisted of a large external area to the rear of the pub which due to site levels was only being used as a car park for the pub.

The access to the proposed site was already served by the driveway for the pub’s car park. Hence, this allowed the rear of the car park/site to be developed into four private dwellings each with private car parking. Reconfiguration of the site also allowed the pub to have a formally laid out car parking area, which was a vast improvement on what they had before.

The idea of the development proved popular with locals and over 500 letters of support for the scheme were received by the local council. The new houses were quick to be sold raising funds to enable the pub to remain in the village as an important focal point for the community.

“The project to build four houses behind the community owned Queens Head in Thurlton needed to succeed in order to support our attempts to sustain the pub as a community asset. Meeting the sites special requirements due to changes in levels, boundaries and planning obligations proved problematic and we were extremely fortunate to have engaged the services of Fusion 13 as design and planning consultants to see the project through from concept to completion.”

Brian Read, Norfolk Village Inns Ltd