Flats and homes proposal for site of old Ferryside building in Gorleston

The former registry office for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.Ferryside, High Road, Gorleston.Picture:

The former registry office for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.Ferryside, High Road, Gorleston.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

New plans for 44 homes on the former Ferryside site will see four-storey flats offering riverside views.

The former registry office for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.Ferryside, High Road, Gorleston.Picture:

The former registry office for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.Ferryside, High Road, Gorleston.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

The scheme being put forward by Norwich-based Dawson Brown brings the prosect of eight three-bedroom homes, six one-bedroom flats and thirty two- bedroom flats to the prominent site in High Road, Gorleston.

Of the 44 homes, nine of the two-bedroom flats will be for social rental.

According to the developers the scheme will return the site to its original residential use and is 'entirely in keeping with the surrounding properties.'

Taking design inspiration from the terrace of Victorian homes opposite as well as 'the vertical emphasis' of the neighbouring fire station tower they say in a report submitted to borough council planners that what they envisage makes 'sympathetic' and efficient use of the site.

The former registry office for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.Ferryside, High Road, Gorleston.Picture:

The former registry office for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.Ferryside, High Road, Gorleston.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012


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The report adds: 'If approved this proposal will provide a good, sustainably located supply of smaller residential accommodation.

'The design of the three-bedroom terrace picks up some of the design features of the Victorian terraces opposite, for example the bay windows on the ground floor.'

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There will be 61 parking spaces and new roads within the site.

Ferryside was originally built as a family home but later became the borough's register office where thousands of couples tied the knot.

When the service moved to Great Yarmouth library the building became redundant and was sold by the county council's property wing.

In August 2013 planning permission was granted for a change of use to residential.

Just over a year later developers were given the go-ahead to knock it down.

Under the plans a flint-capped wall and some of the trees will be retained.

A consultation process is underway with comments due by July 1.

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