The quiet rural revolution
The local inn has been serving ale since 1685, Gurneys sells the best smoked fish, and The Hat Shop proudly displays authentic Goorin Bros headgear, a brand that has been around for more than 100 years. It seems the north Norfolk Georgian town of Burnham Market, with its steady stream of well-heeled visitors and occasional celebrities, has it all. Yet what the locals really needed was a car park.
So the savvy villagers struck a deal with two bespoke housebuilders, Hill and Fleur. In return for 186 car bays on a patch of disused land off the high street, the locals said yes to 27 new homes – albeit rather lovely ones – made of Norfolk flint and brick, with cobbled paths and willow fences.
Burnham Market is not the only rural