Second West Norfolk man’s hopes for King’s Lynn post office dashed

Richard Finney in front of the former King's Lynn Main Post Office Building which he has been trying purchase ANL-150417-174928009
Richard Finney in front of the former King's Lynn Main Post Office Building which he has been trying purchase ANL-150417-174928009
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A second West Norfolk businessman claims his hopes of breathing new life into Lynn’s old post office have been dashed.

Richard Finney had put in a bid of £450,000 to buy the Baxters Plain building from owners Telereal Trillium.

Last week, Hunstanton businessman Alfie Rake spoke out after his bids of £350,000 and £450,000 to buy the building were also refused.

But the London-based owners say the site is worth more than £450,000.

The former Post Office, in Baxter’s Plain, has stood empty since the Post Office moved into the W H Smith store in 2007.

Mr Finney, who is also unhappy with the way his bid has been handled, says the site will need a large investment to “save the building.”

He said: “I put in an offer on February 28 and it has not ever been really properly refused.

“I feel this is a very important building and needs to get sorted.”

Terrington St Clement resident Mr Finney had exciting plans for the building, which would have included housing along with unique shops.

It would have housed a flagship store for his male grooming products firm, Captain Fawcett, along with a cafe and art exhibition space.

He was also hoping to create social and private housing within the building.

Mr Finney was also hoping to rival Cambridge and Norwich by creating unique boutique type shops.

Mr Finney said: “I really think that Lynn as a town is 
overlooked but it has so much potential with places like Marriott’s Warehouse and the water front.

“A lot of people who want to do specialist shopping go to Norwich or Cambridge.

“I wanted to include boutique type shops rather than big name chains.”

A Telereal Trillium spokesperson said: “All offers for this property are considered and evaluated on an individual basis against detailed criteria, including price, track record, proof and source of funding, and any associated conditions attached to the offer.

“The former BT property and old Post Office is structurally sound, comprising a vast 41,992 sq ft of available floorspace and located in an extremely prominent position in the town centre.

“The attractive building benefits from existing planning permission for redevelopment to commercial and residential use, or for refurbishment. Due to the many benefits of this property, we are confident that a sale is merited at a price in excess of £450k.

“The wooden panels of the former Post Office are still present in the sealed, watertight building and remain undisturbed.

“They will become the property of the subsequent buyer once the building is sold or developed out, but we would delighted to see the panels reused as a feature in the redeveloped property.”