Controversial plans to redevelop derelict hotel unveiled

The former Shannocks Hotel in Sheringham. Picture: Archant

The former Shannocks Hotel in Sheringham. Picture: Archant

Controversial plans to redevelop a derelict hotel on Sheringham seafront have been showcased to the public.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is preparing a planning application on the former Shannocks Hotel site and neighbouring pay and display car park.

It forms part of a move to compulsory purchase the run-down building which has become a blight on the local landscape.

Residents voiced their opinions on the proposals at an exhibition at the town's Oddfellows Hall. Responses were divided on the scheme, for nine apartments and ground-floor commercial units, which is being put forward by NNDC in partnership with property advisers Savills and architects Ingleton Wood.

Lorraine Richens, from Sheringham, said: 'I think it is uninspiring and a missed opportunity. I would like to have seen something more creative with a design reflecting the environment.'

However, another resident who did not wish to be named, said: 'I like the fact that the car park would be removed, which will reduce traffic through the town centre.'

The hotel's owner Huddies, is currently drawing up an alternative planning proposal on the site.

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A company spokesman said: 'Having received a response to our submission from the planning department, we expect to submit a full planning application in the coming weeks. We are therefore surprised that NNDC continues to develop and advertise its alternative proposals.'

A statement issued by NNDC said: 'The council remains supportive of this site being developed by its owner, subject to appropriate planning permission. Nevertheless, given the significant delay already suffered by the local community, the council intends to put itself in a position where it can make a compulsory purchase order immediately, if this becomes necessary.'

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