Neighbors oppose plans to convert historic haunted hotel into rehab facility

Objections have been raised by neighbors over plans for a haunted historic hotel in South Norfolk. The developers plan to convert Diss by Verve (formerly Scole Inn) into a rehabilitation center for sports stars with addictions.

The plans, submitted to South Norfolk Council, would see him offer treatment for a wide range of things. They include alcohol abuse, sex addiction, co-dependency and eating disorders, through therapies, yoga and “motivational interviewing”.

Neighbors have spoken of their sadness at losing the inn, with many asking that the application be denied. Of 33 responses submitted to the board, six were in favor of the program, the others opposed.

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One said: “The Scole Inn is part of the region’s heritage. The use as a rehabilitation center is totally inappropriate in a small village. It will also remove from public use a building that has been in use by the local community for nearly 400 years.

Proponents argued that the plans would help protect the building and ensure the money is there for maintenance. A statement to SNC on behalf of Verve said the transition was necessary because the hotel has not been profitable for years.

The application states: “The new proposal as ‘Verve House’ will continue to offer accommodation, where guests will stay for a few days, with a week being the average.

“During their stay, they will be offered help and advice to deal with their particular addiction. The restaurant will remain fully operational, but only for customers.

The Grade I listed building was built in 1655 as a coaching inn. It has hosted lords, kings, highwaymen and is even said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who was murdered by her jealous husband while staying at the inn.

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