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Rejected plans to knock down former print works site to build flats have now been approved

PUBLISHED: 14:54 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 01 October 2018

Plans have been approved to demolish the Witley Press building in Church Street, Hunstanton, to build 16 flats. Picture: Chris Bishop

Plans have been approved to demolish the Witley Press building in Church Street, Hunstanton, to build 16 flats. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Eight months after it was initially refused, revised plans for the Witley Press site in Hunstanton to be demolished to build flats have now been approved.

The former print works building will be knocked down to make way for a three-storey apartment complex, which will include 15 two-bedroom flats and one one-bedroom flat as well as a car park to the rear.

Plans were initially refused by the planning committee after residents in Church Street raised concerns over their right to light, fearing the height of the proposed building would overshadow their homes.

Developer Waterfield Dudley went back to the drawing board and produced an amended plan to the committee.

In the new design, the site has been pushed back from Church Street by three metres, allowing landscaping to the front of the building to the same scale as the front gardens opposite the street.

The second storey of the building will align with the height of the properties on the opposite side of Church Street and the third storey has been pushed back a further three metres.

Developer architect Pete Adams said residents’ concerns of the height and frontage of the site were taken into account in the redesign.

He added: “I didn’t speak at the last meeting but I did sit in and listen and it was uncomfortable.

“There was an error in placing it so close to the footpath, we took on board the proximity of the houses opposite and it’s taken us eight months to get back here. We’ve done a lot of soul-searching and redesign.”

But some residents felt the redesign did not go far enough. Angela Read, speaking on behalf of Church Hill residents, said that while they acknowledged the revised plans, the size, scale and character of the building did not fit in with the area.

However the planning committee voted in favour of the plans, with one member opposing and another abstaining.

Speaking after the meeting, architect Mr Adams said: “We feel relieved. When I listened to people about how they felt I went back to the client, to redesign it to address their concerns. 
“It’s a better scheme than the original.”

He said work could begin on site by spring 2019.

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