Date published: 5th September 2017

A village shop dating from 1637 which had been facing closure has been saved by North Norfolk District Council.

The future of the Itteringham Community Shop had been uncertain because its current owners have served notice on the Itteringham Community Association (ICA) to terminate the lease, and the notice expires on October 8.

But at today’s NNDC Cabinet meeting, a proposal to buy the shop and the adjoining Fair Meadow House was approved.

The purchase means the shop will stay in its current location and will be leased to the ICA, and it represents a prudent investment for the Council in line with its Asset Commercialisation Strategy.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “This is an important community asset and it is fantastic that its future has been secured.

“There was a huge desire locally and further afield to see this shop saved. We are delighted to have helped achieve this for Itteringham and for the remarkable and dedicated community group which runs the shop.”

Cllr Judy Oliver, NNDC Cabinet Member for Corporate Assets and Commercialisation, said: “As well as supporting the local community in Itteringham, this is also a sensible move from a commercial point of view.

“It will generate income for the Council above that achievable from a cash investment, and to be supporting the local community at the same time makes it a win-win.”

The ICA has successfully run the shop for 25 years and there is potential to expand the shop and café, subject to any necessary planning consent, into the currently unused gallery space.

Fair Meadow House is a well maintained and attractive five-bedroom period property with letting and holiday letting potential.

Last updated: 5th September 2017