The former Lynn Post Office building will soon be busy with shoppers and residents after planners gave a multi-million development the go-ahead.
West Norfolk Council’s planning committee approved Telereal Trillium £9 million project to transform the vacant town centre building into shops, flats, offices, a medical centre and cafe.
Concerns were raised about the future of the timber panels which decorated the Post Office room. Members were told it was impossible to impose a condition to protect these panels, which were made from timbers taken from a bridge in London.
Speaking at yesterday’s meeting Avril Wright said: “So often these wonderful artefacts go down the drain.”
Other worries were expressed about car parking spaces available in the area, landscaping and a “plethora” of satellite dishes.
John Loveless said: “One thing I am disappointed about with this application is the continuation of the flat rooves.
Lynn Musuem on the opposite side has smart pitched rooves.”
Martin Storey supported the plan.
He said: “The developer has come up with the right scheme, the first time round.
“I think sometimes we are maybe thought of as putting obstacles in the way of developers.”
The building has been empty since the Post Office was moved into the W H Smith branch in Norfolk Street in 2007.
The retail units along with cafe and medical centre would occupy the ground and first floors of the building
Offices and flats would take up the higher floors in the building.
The site, in Blackfriars Street, could offer eight one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom flats.
The application was unanimously approved during the committee meeting.