Itteringham village shop has been saved from closure by North Norfolk District Council.
The future of the the community shop had been uncertain because its current owners had served notice on the Itteringham Community Association (ICA) to terminate the lease. 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 for an undisclosed amount means the shop will stay in its current location and will be leased to the ICA.
The decision has be greeted with delight by those associated with the shop who were at the meeting to hear the decision. Around a dozen volunteers and staff are involved in its running.
Back at the shop, staff member Alice Ridgeway said: “It’s wonderful news that NNDC has agreed to buy the shop. It’s is so much more than just a shop, it’s a lifeline for many people.”
She thanked the council and all the supporters who had been behind the campaign to keep it open, saying: “It’s really lovely that so many people care about the shop and its future.”
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.”
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.