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Homes and retail unit plans for fire ravaged site are on the agenda

PUBLISHED: 14:16 05 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 05 August 2017

Phil Thompson owner of the superbowl and indoor market.  The aftermath of a major fire which has destroyed the Regent Road superbowl and indoor market in the centre of Great Yarmouth during the height of the summer holiday season.  Picture: James Bass

Phil Thompson owner of the superbowl and indoor market. The aftermath of a major fire which has destroyed the Regent Road superbowl and indoor market in the centre of Great Yarmouth during the height of the summer holiday season. Picture: James Bass

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A year on after the Regent Road blaze has seen a second set of plans for the fire ravaged site in the hands of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

The site’s owner, Phil Thompson, has submitted a second set of blueprints of his wishes to breathe new life into the former indoor market and bowling alley site.

Mr Thompson’s new plans include 23 homes in both Regent Road and neighbouring Albion Road, 10 retail units and a large unit for leisure use.

He had previously lodged plans with the borough council for 49 homes, a new indoor market, public toilets, a café and a leisure complex.

However he pulled those plans due to a lack of interest in the development.

Mr Thompson had hoped to get a replacement development built as quickly as possible with the aim of drawing people to the site 52 weeks a year.

He had also confirmed that after speaking to the bowling company the alley would not be coming back.

One option he quickly ruled out was creating a car park on the site, saying “that will never happen as long as I have a breath in my body”.

The idea of the site becoming a car park was suggested by the then mayor of Great Yarmouth, Malcolm Bird, who said it might be a temporary option until finances were gathered to re-build the site.

A car park operator, Napier Parking, had also expressed interest in purchasing the fire-hit site.

Mr Thompson’s latest plans, if approved by the borough council, would see 10 retail units facing Regent Road with an additional large unit for leisure use.

Above these units would be eight one and two-bedroom apartments with an entrance either end by stairwells facing Regent Road.

Albion Road would have 15 three-bedroom town houses created as a mews with each having its own garden and adjacent parking space.

In pulling his first set of plans, Mr Thompson said he recognised comments from some Regent Road traders and residents on Albion Road about height and the loss of sunlight and daylight related to the 49 homes and other complexes.

Mr Thompson bought the indoor market in 2012 and over the winter of 2013/14 he gave it a £300,000 revamp.

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