March 12 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A scheme to knock down Cromer’s old courthouse and police station and replace it with housing is facing a second rejection over its “inferior” design.
Developers McCarthy and Stone want to demolish the existing buildings on Holt Road and put up 34 retirement apartments with communal facilities.
Earlier this year a similar scheme for 35 apartments was turned down by North Norfolk District Council planning councillors over concerns about the cramped site and design.
A report to the same committee tomorrow, Thursday, says the plans are “largely the same”, on the same footprint but with an amended frontage.
The council’s conservation design and landscape manager says the 1938 court and police complex is distinctive and unique, while the planned homes were “quite oppressive, imposing and over assertive” and that if it was trying to pick up on local architectural style it had “signally failed.”
Cromer Preservation Society has renewed its objections over the “austere building of institutional design and no architectural merit” which overshadows the street scene - and which was not a worthy replacement for the current complex.
Officers are recommending refusal of the plan because it would harm the town’s conservation area.