The quiet ru­ral revo­lu­tion

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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

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