Work to start on Clarkes

At last – refurbishment work is set to begin at the former Clarkes DIY shop on Aylsham Market Place which has been empty since 2015.

Scaffolding is due to go up outside the Georgian building in the next 10 days according to a spokesman for the new owner, who prefers to remain anonymous.

“We just want to apologise for any inconvenience that will be caused but Rome wasn’t built in a day,” said the spokesman, adding that he didn’t know how long the work would take.

Plans were approved by Broadland District Council in November last year which will see the ground floor converted to a restaurant and the first and upper floors into nine rooms for holiday letting.

Built around 1740, the building, at 30 Market Place, is grade two listed.

It was put up for auction in September last year but withdrawn when bidding stopped at £420,000 which was below the £450,000-£500,000 guide price. It was bought by its current owner at the beginning of the year.

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