Owners of a seafront area of land in Hunstanton have mounted a fresh bid to sell it before planning permission for a block of 12 flats plus a commercial unit expires.
The old Kit Kat Club site, next to The Oasis leisure centre, in Seagate Road, is being marketed at £475,000, having failed to sell at £500,000.
Richard Bird, town and borough councillor, said: “I can’t believe that somebody is going to buy that for £475,000 and use that same planning permission. The margin of profit for the developer would be so tight.”
The Kit Kat Club was destroyed by fire in 1998 and the building demolished in 2001.
It is believed that the current owner bought the site for around £250,00 at auction.
Planning permission for a five-storey development was granted in 2011 and will run out in March next year. The development was opposed by many.
Mr Bird said he it had been mooted in the past that West Norfolk Council could force the landowner to sell to it to allow the creation a park there with the possibility of selling it for development at a later date. The site could become more attractive if the next-door fair and toilet blocks were to move.
Mr Bird said: “The site is always going to be a thorn in my side. We spent £200,000 on the Gateway – the area from the carpark down to the seafront – and we have this derelict site adjacent to it.”
However, the Kit Kat is just one of a number of derelict sites in the heart of the town that cause Mr Bird concern.
The old garage site opposite the Marine Bar, in Saint Edmund’s Terrace and derelict houses at the bottom of Oasis Way, are worries.
He said: “As you come into Hunstanton on Oasis Way you see derelict houses as you approach the town. Do you really want that to be the first impression people get?”