Flats and shop plan spark fears for historic King’s Lynn landmark

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Councillors have been urged to reject plans for a new shop and flats in the heart of Lynn because of the feared impact one of the town’s most famous landmarks.

Norfolk County Council are seeking permission for a three-storey development at 18-19 Purfleet Street, next to the building which houses the Lynn News, which would be made up of a retail unit and four flats.

But West Norfolk Council officers recommend that the plan, derided as a “large, modern box” in one comment, is turned down when it goes before the authority’s planning committee next Monday.

Their report claims the key issue is whether the development would enhance the surrounding conservation area or preserve the setting around the nearby Custom House.

It goes on: “It is not considered that the proposal does either.”

The county council maintains the site is suitable for housing because of its close proximity to nearby facilities and services.

But opponents fear the plan is too large for the area and would damage the area around the Grade I Listed Custom House.

Members of the Lynn Civic Society were also concerned that the commercial unit may be difficult to let because of the lack of nearby loading space.