An amended plan to demolish Lynn’s former Zoots nightclub and replace it with 25 flats and houses has been given the go-ahead.
The decision went before West Norfolk Council’s planning committee yesterday, who voted unanimously for the proposal to go ahead, despite earlier rejecting an application from Freebridge Community Housing for 28 homes on the site.
Tony Hall, of Freebridge Community Housing, said: “We’ve worked hard to address the problems pointed out.
Concerns were raised at the previous meeting about the number of car parking spaces and access to the site from John Kennedy Road.
As a result, the number of homes was dropped to 25 and the extra space was used to increase the number of parking spaces from 18 to one per property, with some green landscaped areas.
It was also decided that access would be given to the site by creating a crossroads at the T-junction with North Street and using traffic lights.
Mr Hall added: “We’ve reduced the number of homes which has opened the site up and left more room for amenities. I think it is much more pleasing on the eye.”
The plans include the building of 25 residential units including six one-bed flats, 12 two-bed flats, four two-bed houses and three three-bed houses.
The flats have now been completely redesigned with the addition of timber cladding, recessed staircase area and the introduction of Juliet balconies.
The plan had been recommended for approval subject to the completion of legal agreements to secure affordable housing and a contribution to local library services. The condition for fire cover was removed at the meeting.
Objecting to the proposal was Mr M J Ray, of the King’s Lynn Bicycle Users Group. He said: “I understand the amount of cycle parking has been addressed but it is still not sufficiently secure.”
Cllr Lesley Bambridge said: “The development is located on the edge of my ward and it has been in a state of disrepair for many years. The site really does need to be developed and by having a mixture of family units it will give more of a community feel.
“This will certainly benefit the town in terms of social housing.”
Cllr David Collis raised concerns about the noise levels from the electrical substation at the back of the site, which had already been addressed by Freebridge by moving the bedrooms and living space to the front of the properties, with kitchens and bathrooms facing the substation.
Cllr Avril Wright also questioned whether the proximity to the electrical substation would pose any health hazards, but the case officer, David Parkin, assured the committee that surveys had been carried out and there were no concerns over health risks.
The building that is due to be demolished is the former Pilot Cinema which was built in the late 1930s, before being refurbished and opened as Zoots nightclub in the 1990s.
The nightclub closed in 2008, since then, portions of the front of the building have been used as a pizza delivery outlet, but the whole of the building has now been vacant since 2010.