Decision time for Fruehauf site

Moves to build a housing association's new headquarters on a long redundant former factory site are to be discussed this week.

Moves to build a housing association's new headquarters on a long redundant former factory site are to be discussed this week.

Councillors are to debate whether to grant planning permission for new offices and refurbishment of existing offices on the former Crane Fruehauf site in North Walsham, which would see the site brought back to life after years of dereliction.

However a report by officials to North Norfolk District Council's planning committee complains that Citygate Developments' scheme is too regimented and bland and that more attention should be given to landscaping.,

It had been hoped North Norfolk Housing Trust's new offices would be a landmark building.

The plans, due before councillors on Thursday, are to demolish some existing buildings and construct a new two storey office building, for the housing trust, as well as refurbishing buildings on the eastern end of the site as small factory units.

There would be 50 car parking spaces for the trust.

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Plans for a north Norfolk enterprise hub and innovation centre at the site are now the subject of a £25,000 feasibility study, commissioned by the East of England Development Agency, which owns the land, and the district council.

It is hoped the study will decide whether the scheme, dating back to 2002, is workable and realistic enough to get funding and whether it is still needed.

It was hoped it would be a purpose built enterprise centre for developing new businesses and would provide, amongst other facilities, a cyber café and restaurant.