Fears for future of town centre if historic hotel becomes flats

The Castle Hotel, in Downham market. Picture: Chris Bishop

The Castle Hotel, in Downham market. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

A Norfolk town council has objected to plans to turn a Grade II listed hotel into apartments.

Howard and Helen Fradley, who have run the Castle Hotel in Downham Market for 29 years. Picture: Chr

Howard and Helen Fradley, who have run the Castle Hotel in Downham Market for 29 years. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Councillors have raised fears about the viability of a town centre in a strong objected to plans to turn a listed hotel into apartments.

Downham Market Town Council held a planning committee meeting on Tuesday, January 7 where the scheme to convert The Castle Hotel into housing was discussed.

Members of the committee voted to recommend refusal of a listed building application which could see the building on the High Street converted into six apartments.

The Grade II-listed hotel has been on the market since March 2016 and owners Howard and Helen Fradley have been hoping to sell it and retire.


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The couple came up with plans to develop the hotel into apartments a few months ago as a last resort.

Councillors voted to recommend refusal "by reason of the loss of hotel accommodation which would adversely affect the viability of Downham Market's town centre".

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