Plans for £1m development in Dereham unveiled

PUBLISHED: 14:46 21 November 2012

Businessman Basil Todd. Picture: Matthew Usher

Businessman Basil Todd. Picture: Matthew Usher

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Detailed plans for the £1m refurbishment of one of Dereham’s main shopping streets have been unveiled.

Basil Todd, owner of Wensum Valley Hotel, Golf and Country Club at Taverham, hopes to boost business on Norwich Street by creating a retail and residential hub.

The businessman has submitted an application to Breckland Council. Neighbour comments are due by December 10 and a decision is due by February 8.

It has emerged that the former Lloyds TSB bank, which is currently empty, would be refurbished and the building that contains PACT charity shop as well as Mariners Fish and Chip restaurant would be demolished to make way for a new building.

If approved, the development would include three two-storey retail units on the ground and first floor and four flats on the second floor.

The scale of the buildings facing Norwich street will be unchanged and the back of the building, which faces Nunn’s Way, will be three storeys high to blend in with the surrounding area.

Materials used on the 590 square metres site would feature timber cladding as well as painted render and masonry.

Up to 30 additional full-time jobs would be created, according to the planning application.

In previous reports, Mr Todd said the former bank would become a three-storey building with a £600,000 mini- market selling local produce, a formal clothes shop for men and women, four flats and an estate agents.

He owns nine businesses in Norwich Street, including the Churchills of Dereham gun shop, Coco cafe and Lolitas tapas bar and restaurant, in what was the Cock Inn.

Lolitas opened just over a month ago and is run by Steven Hurrell, from Dereham, who grew up at Costessey and has lived in Spain for the past five years.

Just before the restaurant was opened, Mr Todd said: “I have a passion for Norfolk and would like to see it change. Dereham is a fantastic town but it has been spoilt. I would love to see some life brought back into it.”

He added he hopes the redevelopment of the old bank and the surrounding area would be completed in two years.

Mr Todd hopes to start the development in the spring and if successful, he hopes to develop similar enterprises in other Norfolk market towns.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the plans should type in 3PL/2012/0972/F into the planning section of the Breckland Council website

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