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New plans for old library site

PUBLISHED: 13:36 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:26 07 July 2010

Fresh plans have been submitted to redevelop the old Dereham library after the previous proposals were branded “a load of rubbish.”

NPS - the property arm of Norfolk County Council - wants to build two blocks of homes on the Church Street site, creating a total of 10 units.

Fresh plans have been submitted to redevelop the old Dereham library after the previous proposals were branded “a load of rubbish.”

NPS - the property arm of Norfolk County Council - wants to build two blocks of homes on the Church Street site, creating a total of 10 units.

An application was sent to Breckland Council last August but was unanimously rejected by councillors in November after they fiercely criticised the design.

They did not like the contemporary design and wanted the frontage of the new buildings to be more in keeping with the surrounding properties, especially the neighbouring Georgian Priory, which is the home of Hood Vores and Allwood solicitors.

Architects were “sent back to the drawing board” and asked to come up with a “landmark building.”

Now NPS has submitted a fresh application to Breckland for the former library building, which has been empty since the new library opened in November 2005.

There have been negotiations between Breckland and the applicant to “take on board the comments” of the councillors.

In the new application, NPS says the revised scheme “will not only preserve but enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area” and would be a “high quality design.”

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