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EXCLUSIVE: King's Lynn Post Office Application Going to Council

EXCLUSIVE: King's Lynn Post Office Application Going to Council

7:34am 29th August 2013

Work to turn the old Post office in the centre of King's Lynn into a shopping centre and appartment building could start very soon, as KLFM News has learned the owner is about to apply for planning permission.

If it gets the go ahead from councillors then builders could be moving in soon after according to the architects behind the plans.

Liam Russell from Liam Russell Architects came to the town to get feedback on the idea and design for the project earlier this year. He says all of that has been taken into account before finalising the design.

"We've been supporting the application with lots of evidence, and we're almost done with that, we're probably about a day away from submitting the document."

But don't expect the council to be rushing it through...

It will first have to validated by officers and then they will research all the issues, including speaking to everyone from Environmental Health to the Police, as well as neighbours of the site. When all that is done they will make a recomendation for or against, but it will be up to councillors to give it the final thumbs up or down.

There could also be conditions attacher to the permission. Many large applications are made to increase the value of a site, which can then be sold to developers. Councils will often demand that work must start within a set time or the permission will expire.

But although the Post Office building remains for sale, Liam Russell says work will hopefully sooner rather than later if permission is granted.

"We very much hope work will start immediately. The market being what it is means that the Client has to keep its options open. So we very much expect a decision to be made at the time [after permission is granted] rather than making one now."

The Post Office closed in September 2007 and has been empty for 6 years next month.

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