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Flats bid submitted for hotel site on West Norfolk border

Part of a hotel on the West Norfolk border could be converted into dozens of flats under new proposals.

Developers are proposing a change of use of an extension of the Elme Hall Hotel to accommodate more than 30 residents in what the application describes as a "house of multiple occupation" (HMO).

But community leaders say they want more detail about how the scheme would be managed.

The Elme Hall Hotel was the subject of a hoax bomb warning last month.
The Elme Hall Hotel was the subject of a hoax bomb warning last month.

Although the hotel, which was put up for sale earlier this year, is on the edge of Wisbech, it lies within the parish of Emneth, meaning a decision on the application will be taken by West Norfolk Council.

Documents submitted as part of the scheme say it relates to a motel block extension to the building, which was itself given planning permission in 2004.

The scheme envisages the development of 34 one bedroom flats or maisonettes which would be for "social, affordable or intermediate" rent.

No external changes to the building are envisaged and the papers said the site would be managed by "local ARLA qualified property managers".

But the Emneth parish council has registered an objection "until further detail is made available regarding management and usage of the building".

Some local residents have also raised concerns about potential additional traffic congestion on the nearby Elm Hall roundabout, where the A1101 crosses the A47.

But the application claims no changes would be necessary as a result of the scheme.

Wisbech Town Council is expected to examine the plan at a meeting on Monday. Borough council officials have indicated they aim to reach a decision next month.

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