Flats plan for old carpet warehouse

A former carpet warehouse dating back to the 1800s in Dereham looks set to be turned into 14 flats by a developer. Steve Parish's plans to convert the distinctive former three-storey CMC Warehouse in Norwich Road in flats are being put to Breckland Council's planning committee on Monday.

A former carpet warehouse dating back to the 1800s in Dereham looks set to be turned into 14 flats by a developer.

Steve Parish's plans to convert the distinctive former three-storey CMC Warehouse in Norwich Road in flats are being put to Breckland Council's planning committee on Monday.

Officers at the authority have said the scheme should be allowed to go ahead, subject to some details over how the building will look, residential amenity and conditions.

It would see 12 two bedroom flats and two three bedroom flats, cycle and bin storage areas, a courtyard garden and parking for 21 cars.


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The site is close to dereham town centre on land south of Norwich Road.

The building dates from the late 1800s and was originally a leather works.

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Dereham Town Council had no objection to the scheme, nor did the Environment Agency.

The Highway Authority wanted a wider turning area for cars and more information was required on possible contamination of the site.

A report to the committee states: “The proposed development would secure the future of a prominent and distinctive building located within an area of the town that derives much of its visual character from surviving 19th century commercial buildings and associated worker's housing.”

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