Planners give green light to Downham development

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Twenty new homes will be built in Downham after planners have given the green light.

West Norfolk Council’s planning committee approved Rita Cornelius’s application to develop at site behind Bexwell Road during a meeting on Monday.

The application had been recommended for refusal.

A former funeral parlour in Lynn could be transformed into houses under new plans which have been submitted to the council.

HSEL Ltd wants to alter the building in Railway Road into four homes and has submitted a change of use application.

The design and access statement says: “The site contains 42 and 43 Railway Road, which for a number of years have been used as a funeral parlour to the ground floor with a flat above. The adjoining land uses are mixed with residential to the north, retail to the south and a mix of commercial and residential to the east.

“The current building was previously two residential units (Numbers 42 and 43 Railway Road) which have been extended extensively to the rear in relation to the former use. The residential units were combined together and were linked by a corridor as one unit. The proposal is to alter the buildings and convert them to form four dwellings. Hence the application is for the change of use of the existing ground floor B1 use to residential C3 use, plus sub-division to create four residential dwellings.”