Former Beaumaris hotel in Sheringham set for demolition
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A former hotel in Sheringham and a neighbouring house will be demolished to make way for 30 retirement apartments.
North Norfolk district councillors approved the proposals for the Beaumaris hotel and the property, both in South Street, despite opposition from the town council, Historic England and neighbours.
As part of the conditions McCarthy and Stone, the builder, has pledged to provide £40,000 to enhance library services in the town and infrastructure at Sheringham Little Theatre.
The controversial proposals were criticised by speakers at the council's development committee meeting on Thursday, April 13.
Anne Smith, vice-chairman of planning at Sheringham Town Council, said: 'It's an over-development of the site and a much larger building. It's also in the conservation area and the parking provision of 19 spaces is inadequate.'
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Mark Oxley, who lives in South Street, also said it was too big and the number of flats proposed was too many.
'This is a massive over-development down a narrow residential street,' he said.
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His neighbour Peter Burns also objected, and said: 'I don't think this will enhance the conservation area, and may end up as an eyesore. The building is about 30pc bigger than its previous footprint, both on the ground and vertically,'
But Neil Martin, on behalf of the builder, said it would regenerate a vacant site and support the economy.
District councillors also supported the scheme and accepted there was a need for retirement homes in the town with an increasing population and demand.
Doug Smith, district councillor for Sheringham North, said: 'I find the overall design very pleasing. It will blend in well with the Edwardian/ Victorian street scene.'
Historic England said the new apartments would be out of scale with other buildings in the area, and demolition would damage part of Sheringham's architectural conservation area.
The hotel is vacant and the neighbouring house is occupied by the hotel owner, who has been trying to sell the hotel since 2010. The proposals are for 15 one-bedroom flats and 15 two-bedroom flats.
Are you in favour of the proposals? Email david.bale2~archant.co.uk