New homes in Hunstanton are on their way as construction starts on Southend Road
Construction begins to turn a car park into a development of flats for local people on Southend Road later this month.
Due for completion later next year, the scheme will offer 32 new homes, 6 of which will be affordable.
Cabinet member for regeneration and development, Cllr Richard Blunt, said: “This is an excellent scheme. It will provide new homes, with priority given to local people, it has been designed to high standards and it will benefit the town’s economy.”
The £6.8m scheme is the result of a partnership between the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and development firm Lovell. The funding includes a £520,000 Homes England grant under its Accelerated Construction Programme, which helps authorities to deliver new homes more quickly.
The design of the scheme is inspired by the town’s Victorian heritage, with modern elements incorporated to give it a contemporary feel.
It incorporates 12 1-bed, 18 2-bed and 2 3-bed apartments, based around a central courtyard. Parking and undercroft parking will have EV charging infrastructure built in and secure cycle storage will also be included.
When sold the flats will have covenants on them requiring owners to use the property as their main home, so they are not used as holiday homes or lets, until all local demand has been satisfied.
Around 50 new parking spaces have been created nearby to mitigate for the loss of the 100-space car park. Extensive analysis of parking in the town by the borough council has shown that the loss of 50 parking spaces will not have an adverse effect on tourism and year-round occupation of accommodation will lead to a net benefit to the local economy.
Works have been scheduled to avoid causing disruption during busy holiday periods as much as possible. The majority of the work will be limited to the site itself.
Cllr Blunt added: “Bringing forward new homes in tourist resorts always presents challenges but we have worked hard to overcome these. The result is we can say with confidence that we have a scheme which will help to address housing need and have long-term benefits for the town of Hunstanton.”