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Old Dereham library can be restaurant

PUBLISHED: 09:25 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 15:16 07 July 2010

A former library in Dereham is set to take on a new chapter by becoming an Indian restaurant.

The building in Church Street at Dereham has been left empty for a number of years since a new library opened in High Street.

A former library in Dereham is set to take on a new chapter by becoming an Indian restaurant.

The building in Church Street at Dereham has been left empty for a number of years since a new library opened in High Street. Since that time it has been the subject of a row over its re-development and has failed to attract a buyer, despite having planning consent for 10 flats.

But yesterday Breckland planners gave approval for the building to be converted into a 200 sq metre restaurant, bar and lunge with a takeaway facility.

Some members of the authority's development control committee expressed concerns over potential smells from the extractor fan but they finally gave approval.

With the necessary approval for the change of use, Jamal Shah, owner of the existing Bombay restaurant in Norwich Street, plans to buy the building from Norfolk county council and convert it for its new use.

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