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The Chair welcomed everyone to the reconvened meeting of the Planning Committee.  He advised those present that the meeting was being recorded and streamed live to You Tube.


He then invited the Democratic Services Officer to conduct a roll call to determine attendees.



To receive any apologies for absence and to note any substitutions.


Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors Bubb, Devulapalli, Everett, Rose, Ryves, Spikings, Storey and Barclay.


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King’s Lynn:  Chestnut House, Hillington Square:  Demolition and redevelopment of Providence Street Community Centre and Hillington Square flatted blocks known as Aitken House, Norris House, and Chestnut House excluding electrical substation.  Development of 65 new dwellings and 1,106 square metres of commercial and community floorspace (Class E and F2) and associated soft landscaping, vehicle and cycle parking, refuse store and associated infrastructure:  Freebridge Community Housing


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The case officer reminded the Committee that the determination of the application had been adjourned for a site visit, which had taken place prior to the reconvened meeting.  She introduced the report and outlined where the Committee had walked during the site visit.


Following comments made at the meeting held on 4 March, the applicant had clarified the following:


All properties would have visitable access; there would be 6 dwellings over blocks A and B would be accessible and adaptable dwellings; there was no fully wheelchair accessible units in the previous blocks that were being demolished and there were no wheelchair users in those blocks.  In terms of families there were 16 x 3 bedroom units, 8 were considered fully occupied and 3 underoccupied by 2 bedrooms and 4 underoccupied by one bedroom.  All eligible families had been rehoused.  Those who wished to remain in Hillington Square had been accommodated in the previous stages of refurbishment.   Phase 5 would provide 18 x 3 bedroom properties and 4 x 2 bed properties when completed. 


The question had been raised at the meeting on 4 March as to why the blocks had to be demolished rather than renovated and it was explained that it was covered within the report under third party comments and the applicants did not have to prove that the buildings were structurally capable to being refurbished.  One of the key issues raised at the meeting on 4 March was that the applicants had come across that there was not enough head height for the utilities and insulation and had had difficulties in the existing refurbishment.  The Committee had to consider the application as presented which was for demolition and rebuild.


Councillor Long added that he considered that what was proposed was a vast improvement over what was there.  He stated that was it the best scheme given the listed buildings and conservation area he considered no but he understood the logic behind why there had to be commercial units on the ground floor.  He concluded that whilst it was not perfect, he would be supporting the application.


Councillor de Whalley added that he was not sure that it was a vast improvement although there was an improvement.  There was a need to fill the voids that the applicant had.  He added that he was concerned in relation to the loss of view of All Saints Church and the community centre.  He stated that he found the overshadowing plans difficult to interpret. 


In relation to the loss of the community centre,  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC134: