Plans to build flats on Witley Press site in Hunstanton set for go ahead

PUBLISHED: 13:34 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:34 31 January 2018

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

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


Plans to demolish a former print works and build 16 flats look set to get the go-ahead.

Developer Waterfield Dudley wants to redevelop the Witley Press site in Hunstanton with a two and three-storey block of 15 two-bed and one single bed homes.

But people living opposite the site, on Church Street, feared it would block sunlight from their homes.

Hunstanton Town Council also objected. It said: “Because of its height it will also rob existing properties of the sunlight they have enjoyed for over a century.”

Now new plans have been drawn up siting the three storey elements of the new development towards the rear of the site, further from Church Street.

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

A report to West Norfolk council’s planning committee, which meets on Monday, says 10 objections have been received to the revised plans.

It adds: “It is acknowledged in relation to the neighbours opposite the site, that they will notice the new buildings being significantly taller than what currently exists.

“However the scale of these new buildings are not considered to cause detrimental overshadowing, overlooking or overbearing issues given the 14m separation distance between the proposed buildings and

these neighbours.”

The report says that flats on nearby Greevegate will experience some overshadowing.

But it goes on: “These neighbours will experience some overshadowing during a period of the day, but not a degree that would merit refusing the application.”

The report says the development is situated in a dense residential area, so a construction management plan will need to consider dust suppression.

It says conservation groups do not object and there would be “less than substantial harm to the significance” of the Conservation Area and “little harm if any caused” to the setting of nearby St Edmund’s Church.

Historic England states: “In our earlier advice we expressed concern about the bulk and complexity of the new building, especially the Church Street and southern elevation. The revised plans do show some simplification of the former which is welcome.”

Councillors on the planning committee are being recommended to approve the plans when they meet at King’s Court in King’s Lynn on Monday (9.30am).

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