A proposal to turn a village’s only pub into a private house has been turned down.

West Norfolk Council’s planners have rejected the bid by Oxygen 56 Ltd to change the use of the Blue Bell Inn at Stoke Ferry.

This is the second time an application as been rejected to change the pub to residential.

In rejecting this latest application, planning officers said it would result in the loss of an “employment site and community facility”.

The decision notice said the application had failed to “clearly demonstrate that the continued use is unviable”.

Villagers have ramped up their campaign to keep the Lynn Road pub as a community asset. Next week they will launch a community share campaign.

There will be an online meeting on Sunday at 3pm via Zoom for people to find out more.

See www.bluebellstokeferry.org/ for details.