Improved retirement plans receive support from heritage bodies

24 July 2014

King's Lynn retirement apartment plans

Revised, plans submitted by McCarthy & Stone, to redevelop the former Kings Lynn Silo site on South Quay, with 37 high-quality Retirement Living apartments are being supported by the King’s Lynn Civic Society, King’s Lynn Area Consultative Committee (Planning Sub Group) and the Conservation Areas Advisory Panel.

There is also no objection to the plans from English Heritage, the Highways Authority, Norfolk County Council’s Rights of Way or the Environment Agency.

The plans now under consideration have changed considerably since previous plans were dismissed at Appeal in 2012. A reduction in apartments, from 51 to 37, has significantly reduced the overall mass, height and footprint of the development. The original route of Devil’s Alley, an existing right of way running through the centre of the site, is now also retained.

If approved, the reduced proposals will improve the visual appearance of this prominent waterfront site, which has become a local eyesore since the demolition of the silos in 2009. The plans also include new retail space at ground floor level, which will further contribute to the regeneration of the wider area and encourage more pedestrian activity on South Quay.

A final decision on the plans will be made by Kings Lynn Council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday 29th July 2014. Planning Officers at the Council consider the revised proposed is acceptable and are recommending that the plans are approved by the Committee, subject to conditions.

The proposed design draws its influence from area’s commercial heritage, including traditional waterfront warehouse buildings, such as the listed Somerfield and Thomas warehouse to the north of the site. The report to Committee states:

“The principle of a building that reflects this commercial heritage is therefore acceptable and indeed agreed at appeal”

“The proposed development would preserve the setting and significance of the Conservation Area”

The plans will also boost the local economy, as residents of Retirement Living schemes significantly contribute to the viability of local shops and services through increased expenditure.

Darren Humphreys, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy & Stone said: “We have worked hard to address previous concerns raised and have made significant amendments to our plans, including reducing the overall size and height of the proposed building to ensure neighbour amenity is respected and the character and appearance of the Conservation Area is preserved.

He continued: “We are very encouraged that our revised design has received support, including from King’s Lynn Civic Society and the Conservation Area Advisory Panel. We hope that members of the Committee will consider our improved plans to be acceptable and that we can proceed to regenerate this brownfield site, which has been left neglected for many years, with much-needed accommodation for local older people and new retail space”.

The Planning Committee meets at 10.00am on Tuesday 29 July 2014 in the Committee Suite, Kings Court, King’s Lynn.

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