Plans registered for Davenport’s Magic Kingdom in North Walsham

Entertainer Roy Davenport's planning application for Davenport's Magic Kingdom has now been registered with North Norfolk District Council and the public consultation period is underway.

Mr Davenport has applied for full planning permission to use an industrial unit on part of the former Crane Fruehauf site, on Cromer Road, North Walsham, as a theatre/cinema, museum, cafe, shop, research centre/archive and workshop.

The application is a landmark moment in Mr Davenport's five-year dream of creating the tourist attraction in his home town.

Mr Davenport, the fourth generation of magician in his family, plans to display much of the family's extensive and historic collection of memorabilia, which includes the first book written in English about magic, dated 1584, and letters from Harry Houdini.

The application is due to be decided by planning officers using delegated powers. The earliest date for a decision is April 20 with a target date of June 20.

Mr Davenport said he was pleased to have the application registered after resolving a number of queries from the council.

He added: 'There's still a lot to do before we can open in 12 months, but I'm building a superb team to get this off the ground. Everyone is so upbeat about Davenport's Magic Kingdom, and there is an immense amount of interest as it's such a one off, internationally as well as for the UK.'

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