Should former Witley’s print works in Hunstanton be turned into flats?

PUBLISHED: 11:34 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:42 27 September 2017

The former Witley Press plant in Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

The former Witley Press plant in Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop


The site of a former print works could be turned into flats.

Developer Waterfield Dudley wants to demolish the Witley Press building on Church Street, Hunstanton, and build 16 new flats.

But people living across the narrow road from the site fear it will overshadow their homes.

Earlier plans to develop the site, near to the junction with Greevegate, were ammended after objections from residents and Hunstanton Town Council.

The council said: “Hunstanton Town Council is opposed to the development of 16 flats as the three-storey building is too tall

and overbearing and not in keeping with this end of Church Street.

“Because of its height it will also rob existing properties of the sunlight they have enjoyed for over a century.”

Historic England said that the design was not in keeping with the resort’s surrounding conservation area.

Now a new application has been lodged for a two and three storey building, with two and one bed flats on the site.

The developer’s planning statement says that it will “make a positive contribution to the townscape and to the people of Hunstanton”.

“The application removes a disused and contextually inappropriate print works and proposes a new and much needed use for this brownfield site,” it adds. “The residential scheme for 16 apartments creates an appropriate context reflecting the local material vernacular and providing well appointed homes in this central location.”

But people living on Church Street still object to the new scheme.

Resident Suzy Shaw said: “The proposed design and considerable height planned for the development will have a great impact on my current living conditions.”

Commenting on the West Norfolk council’s planning portal, she added she was concerned at the impact on safety and the noise that construction traffic would bring to narrow Church Street.

Neighbours say they will be “massively overlooked” by the development.

They have also expressed concerns at the lack of parking around the site and the damage pile driving could cause to their 19th Century properties.

West Norfolk council will discuss the scheme in November.

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