We are trying to widen a doorway from the shop to the kitchen (our smooth plaster unadorned back wall).
We were refused because the conservation officer on the norwich council - deems the alteration unnecessary for continued commerce in a grade 2 listed building.
but, same officer has approved changes in a grade 1 listed building (of more historical importance) - guess who owns the building - the council.
the english heritage on their website says a listed building is not frozen in time - but with approval - can be altered for modern needs - i paraphrased - but please follow link to see in their own words
english heritage - despite these words on their site - are giving the conservation officer their support in his decision - without an on-site inspection.
why do we need to widen the doorway?
- NEW RANGE - ORDERED AND PAID FOR - WILL NOT FIT.
- REPLACE OLD FRYING RANGE WITH A MODERN ECO FRIENDLY SAFE MODEL
- PROVIDE FIRE ESCAPE ACCESS AT BOTH ENDS - A FIRE WOULD START IN THE MIDDLE
- LOWER SEATING AND TABLE FOR AN ALL ACCESS AREA - THIS WILL BENEFIT ANYONE NOT ABE TO SIT AT THE TALL BENCH.
WHETHER YOU ARE A WHEELCHAIR USER, BABY PRAM DRIVER - OR AN ELDERLY DINER - YOU TOO WILL HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE.
PLEASE NOTE - THE CONSERVATION OFFICER DID NOT SEE THIS AS A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE.
We ask for your support in showing the board that all of these issues are significant for a business trying to keep up with the times and to do the right thing. - please sign.
We at The Grosvenor Fish Bar thank you for your continued support.
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