‘Disappointment’ as King’s Lynn silo plan is approved

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Builders will soon be starting work on constructing retirement apartments on Lynn’s waterfront after the plans have been approved.

McCarthy & Stone’s bid to build 37 apartments and commercial units on the former Lynn Silos site on South Quay were passed on Tuesday by West Norfolk’s planning committee.

An earlier and larger application submitted by the developer was refused in 2012 after receiving a number of objections from people living in nearby Nelson Street.

But the decision was a blow for Lesley Bambridge, who is the ward councillor on West Norfolk Council.

She said: “I am disappointed as I still think the building is too bulky for that site. Like the residents I don’t want to see that site empty for years and years.

“I am not opposed to development in Lynn but I think it has to be right.”

The 10 storage silos on the South Quay were demolished in 2009.

The new building will include 21 one bedroom apartments and 16 two bedroom flats along with a guest suite on the first floor.

The ground floor includes 419m of retail space and the remainder of the ground floor will include parking, buggy and cycle space along with storage, reception area and a garden.

Darren Humphreys, regional managing director, said: “We are delighted with the result and are pleased that the hard work to address previous concerns raised, by making significant amendments to our plans, was recognised.

“We can now proceed to regenerate this brown field site, which has been left neglected for many years, with much-needed accommodation for local older people and new retail space.”

The developer has not yet got a firm start date sorted for the building work but expects this to commence in the “coming months”.

The plans were approved at the meeting by a vote of 14 votes to two.