Homes proposed for old King’s Lynn shop site

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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An eyesore in Lynn town centre could be transformed into housing thanks to a fresh application.

Spice Building wants to create six houses by demolishing and re-building parts of the former Courts building.

The boarded-up former shop has been a blight in St James Street for more than a decade.

The application was lodged with West Norfolk Council on Tuesday last week.

The design and access statement says: “Proposal is to selectively demolish parts of the structure and rebuild and thereby convert the commercial premises into six town houses.”

St James Street is one of the areas in Lynn Town Centre earmarked for improvement.

Last year the Heritage Lottery Fund provided a £1,000,000 grant, matched funded by the borough council, to create a £2 million fund to help transform buildings in Saturday Margaret Place, Tower Street and St James Street.

More than £1.5 million is now available for repairs to historic buildings along with restoring architectural features or shop fronts and to bring vacant buildings back into use.