King’s Lynn Samaritans lodge plan for new office

Lynn Samaritans unveil relocation plan at 51-55 St James Street, Lynn
left to right Eleanor Smith trustee, David Conner trustee, Gill Sale trustee and Jenny Storf (Chair of the friends of Kings Lynn branch of the Samaritans) ANL-160417-185528009
Lynn Samaritans unveil relocation plan at 51-55 St James Street, Lynn left to right Eleanor Smith trustee, David Conner trustee, Gill Sale trustee and Jenny Storf (Chair of the friends of Kings Lynn branch of the Samaritans) ANL-160417-185528009
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Proposals for the King’s Lynn Samaritans’ proposed new office in the town centre have been lodged with council planners.

Officials revealed they had bought new premises in the town centre in the spring.

Now, a formal application for a change of use of the site in St James Street, which was formerly the premises of Thornalley’s Funeral Services, has been submitted to West Norfolk Council.

Documents prepared by the group’s agent, Ian H Bix Associates, said little building work would take place as part of the development, as the application intended to retain the original building as far as possible.

But they argued that the area had a “run-down” feeling.

The report added: “The proposal will make a significant contribution to an area of the town that has, possibly, been neglected for far too long.”

The application follows the Samaritans’ announcement that it had purchased the site, which will replace its current headquarters in Queen Street, in April.

Officials said at the time that the group had outgrown its current base and the move would offer better access for disabled people, plus improved facilities for its outreach work with health, education, police and transport groups.

The project is being funded by a legacy donation from a local resident whose family was supported by the Samaritans branch.

The group hopes to open the new offices next spring if permission is granted.