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Plans to demolish former print works and build flats look set to get go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 06:50 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:59 01 October 2018

The Witley Press building in Church Street, Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

The Witley Press building in Church Street, Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Plans to demolish a former print works and build flats on the site look set to get the go-ahead today.

Permission for the development on the Witley Press works on Church Street, Hunstanton, was turned down in February.

Councillors agreed 16 flats would lead to an overdevelopment of the site and overshadowing of neighbouring properties.

Now new plans have been drawn up, with the building set back from church street to address the “right to light” issue.

A report to West Norfolk council’s planning committee says three letters of support have been received for the revised plans.

They say the site is currently a “rat infested eyesore” and a “blot on the landscape” and setting of the nearby church.

Eight objections have been received on grounds of the impact the scheme would have on parking and road usage in a congested area.

“The conservation officer comments that the revised scheme has addressed most of the concerns raised in respect of the original proposal,” the report to councillors says.

Councillors are being recommended to approve the plans when they meet this morning.

The report concludes: “The previous application was refused on the grounds that the proposal was overbearing in the street scene by virtue of its scale and siting in relation to the properties on Church Street. In turn this also caused neighbour amenity issues especially with those on the opposite side of Church Street.

“The proposal has sought to resolve these issues by setting the taller elements back on the site and setting the overall building back on the site by 3m. This has resulted in a separation of the taller elements of building from those on Church Street by 21m and a scheme that is no longer considered to be overbearing upon the street scene and the character of the conservation area.

“It is your officer’s opinion therefore that the proposal has overcome the reasons for the committee refusing the previous application.”

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