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Sunday, 29 January 2017


                            New Proposal for Wells

This proposal for commercial development in what is arguably the most conspicuous and sensitive  location in Wells has the potential to dramatically alter not just the quayside setting, but the views of Wells from many important viewpoints along the coast. It is at the pre application stage at present, but this early warning may serve to ensure that any plans submitted are carefully scrutinised to ensure the best result for Wells.

Extract below from NNDC web site.

As discussed earlier:
4.2 Beach Road toilet site, Wells-next-the-Sea:-

  1. 4.2.1  This small site at the southern end of Beach Road, Wells  accommodates a dated public convenience block. The site is considered to  occupy a prime position at the northern built edge of the town with views over  Wells Harbour and saltmarshes to the east and across fields to the Holkham  pinewoods to the north.
  2. 4.2.2  The Gleeds team have advised that the site has significant  potential to accommodate commercial development (subject to the necessary  planning consents being obtained) and have prepared plans for a three / four  storey mixed use development comprising retail, restaurant and holiday  apartment uses. An indicative site layout, floorplans and elevations have been  prepared and will be available for discussion at the Cabinet meeting, as will  details of the anticipated capital costs in developing out the site and the  level of rental return which could be generated through such proposals.
  3. 4.2.3  Gleeds have advised that such a development proposal could be  taken forward directly by the District Council and Cabinet is therefore asked  to authorise officers to commission detailed plans for the commercial  development of this site to be prepared and submitted for planning permission,  following which a further report will be prepared for Cabinet authorising the  release of capital funds to take forward such a development.
  4. 4.2.4  Development of this site would require re-provision of the  public toilets and consideration is being given to how new facilities might be  provided alongside the football club facilities which would serve existing  demand and new pedestrian routes in this part of the town generated by the new  visitor car park recently developed by the Holkham Estate on land to the west  of the play park and football ground. Cabinet authority is therefore sought  for officers to pursue discussions with the Holkham Estate about developing  new and improved public convenience facilities, to include a fully accessible  “Changing Places” facility, on the football ground site.

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