Brasserie plans for King’s Lynn club

Empty shop in St James Street King's Lynn ANL-140918-125229009
Empty shop in St James Street King's Lynn ANL-140918-125229009
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A former club could be converted into a brasserie to attract more people to a Lynn street.

Plans have been lodged to convert the historic 7 St James Club, formerly the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes Club, into a flat and business.

New owner, St James Conservation Ltd, is looking to restore the building back to its former glory using grants from the £2 million Townscape Heritage Initiative. Last year West Norfolk Council match funded a £1 million Lottery grant to regenerate St Margaret’s Conservation Area.

A planning application lodged with West Norfolk Council aims to create two apartment within the Tudor Gothic building, which dates back to 1858, but also to extend it at the back.

The design and access statement says; “It is hoped that the proposed work will restore the building’s previous grandeur and help lift the appearance of its immediate surround.

“This in conjunction with the development in the connecting properties, should transform this end of the street, drawing people from Saturday Market Place down into St James Street, rather than deter them, as is currently the case.”

The owners wish to repair and clean the stone work, brick work along with improving the appearance of a 1960s extension. They also wish to re-instate the railings which were removed during the Second World War.

Plans for the building also include a three bedroom apartment and a one bedroom flat. A mezzanine to part of the second flat.

The restoration will use traditional materials on the building.

The ground floor brasserie aims to provide a “unique place for people to eat and relax”.

The design and access statement says: “It is hoped that the restored and extended building will be perceived as an asset to the town’s rich building stock and one that will continue to improve with age.

“Like all good architecture it harmonises with its local environment while also enhancing it.”