Hunstanton, Norfolk

Housing regulations and the pandemic forcing a change of plan for borough council

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk have announced that there are plans for the town or Hunstanton to get a new multi-user hub, with a view to improving transport connectivity and public facilities.

The site was originally given planning permission for the construction of apartments, retail units and a new library, however since May 2021 there has been a change in situation. Alterations to building and fire regulations as well as risings costs from the Covid-19 pandemic, have left the site unviable for home development.

Thanks to this, the council has been looking into other options, with one being brought forward that would se a multi-user hub (including library) developed next to a new Active Travel Hub and improvements to public transport.

Councillor Richard Blunt, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development, said:

“Given the impact of external factors on this site, which have made it unviable to build homes on it, it is good to see a new proposal, which will have benefits both for Hunstanton and the north of the borough generally.

“I look forward to discussing with colleagues in detail at R&D and cabinet meetings.”

As the housing development was put on hold, the council will also be considering how it can address the housing need in Hunstanton, as well as how it can pursue relationships with partners to bring more opportunities for investment in the town generally.

The borough council’s cabinet, as well as the research and development panel are now looking into the new plans.

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