Amended proposals to build homes on the site of a former Lynn cinema and nightclub should be given the go-ahead, according to council planners.
The plan for the old Pilot Cinema, later Zoots nightclub, on John Kennedy Road goes before West Norfolk Council’s planning committee on Monday.
Members rejected a similar proposal for the land in July, but officials say the latest application from Freebridge Community Housing should be approved.
The approval is subject to the completion of legal agreements to secure affordable housing, a contribution to local library services and fire cover.
But the officers’ report said: “It is suggested that the current scheme has addressed the reasons for which the earlier proposal was refused.”
If approved, the new scheme would allow for 25 properties, a mixture of flats and houses, to be built on the land, three fewer than were contained in the previous plan.
The drop is accounted for by the removal of three, four bedroom homes, which the developer hopes will address concerns about over-development of the site.
Extra car parking, allowing for one space per property, is also included in the revised scheme, as well as additional open space.
And the blocks of flats, which were branded as “prison blocks” by some committee members, have also been re-designed.
The report said: “The applicant has been working hard with the planner to ensure that this re-submission addresses the concerns raised by the committee and produces a scheme which will be considered acceptable.”
The new plan has also received the cautious backing of Lynn’s Civic Society, who said they welcomed the reduction in the number of homes, as well as the provision of extra open stages plus bin and bike storage areas.
Only one letter of objection, stating that the plans did not show how bikes would be secured in the cycle storage building, has so far been submitted, the report added.