Privacy concerns lead to changes to the apartments on offer

Published:
3:48 PM May 24, 2022



Changes have been made to plans to demolish and replace a car dealership in King’s Lynn with housing, as councilors and civil society continue to express reservations.

Plans to demolish the Favorit Motor Company showroom on London Road and replace it with a three-storey block were first lodged with West Norfolk Borough Council in 2020.

Owner Paul Ketteridge assured customers that his business had no plans to close in the immediate future and would remain operational for some time, even if permission to change was eventually granted.

The proposed program would see the construction of two two-bed townhouses, two four-bed townhouses, three two-bed maisonettes, one one-bed maisonette, one two-bed flat and seven flats to a bed – and it has since undergone some design changes.

Council officers had raised concerns about the lack of privacy for potential residents of the new development, as the existing buildings would cope with this.

The windows have therefore been moved to the side of the development with mock window placements proposed to ensure the rear of the building does not appear empty.

Two parking spaces have also been added to the development.

The proposals also include two business units.

In a statement, the King’s Lynn Civic Society wrote: “While we remain skeptical about the commercial units (access and therefore commercial viability) and size/arrangement/’liveability’ of certain apartments, we recognize that the team at design addressed many of the previous questions we raised about design in relation to the conservation area setting.

The new plans were discussed at a meeting of the borough’s King’s Lynn Area Advisory Committee on Thursday, May 19.


Conservative Councilor Lesley Bambridge
– Credit: IAN BURT

At the meeting, Conservative Councilor Lesley Bambridge expressed concern about the height of the development, saying most neighboring properties were only two storeys high.

“There are so many apartments in King’s Lynn that aren’t selling,” she also warned.

“I understand that there is a development that is going to be used for AirBnBs, as they cannot sell them.”

Mr Ketteridge said there were a number of buildings over two storeys along London Road.

He added that its architects had worked constructively with the council to ensure that the proposed development would meet their requirements.

The board must make a decision by June 2.

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