New bid launched to build retirement flats on King’s Lynn site

Planning KL ANL-140417-104927001
Planning KL ANL-140417-104927001
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A fresh bid to build retirement flats on the former Lynn silo site has been launched by a developer.

McCarthy and Stone is hoping to be second time lucky with its latest scaled down plans to build 37 apartments and commercial units on the South Quay.

In 2012, the firm was refused planning permission and lost an appeal to put up 50 retirement apartments on the land.

The original application had received a number of objections, which included the size of the buildings, from people living in the area, such as Nelson Street.

The application’s planning statement says: “The development proposals will enhance both the character and appearance of the area, and more particularly the setting of the conservation area. It will also provide much needed specialised accommodation for the local, growing elderly population.”

The proposal, which was lodged on April 5, includes 21 one bedroom apartments and 16 two bedroom units.

A communal lounge along with 26 outdoor parking spaces and internal sites for mobility scooters.

The developer has also removed ground floor flats on the request of the Environment Agency and will be offering commercial units.

The statement adds: “We feel that the proposed scale, height and mass is a successful compromise which enables a viable proposal for redevelopment to come forward yet provides suitable visual termination of this prominent corner of the quayside and enhances the setting in long views of Lynn Minster and its relationship to the wider historical townscape.”

Nelson Street resident Heather Bolt had objected to the last development bid.

She said of the new plans: “The South Quay elevation looks a lot better but the Millfleet still looks too high and could take a lot of light from houses to the north of the development.”