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Date published: 22nd March 2017
A planning application to redevelop the old Shannocks Hotel in Sheringham is due to be lodged by North Norfolk District Council this month as part of ongoing efforts to secure a viable future for this landmark seafront site.
The Council is determined to rid Sheringham of the eyesore and enable regeneration of the area around the top of the cliff in the centre of the town. The current state of the empty hotel has caused blight to the local area for a number of years as the building continues to deteriorate.
The current owner, Huddies, has submitted its own planning application. However, if for any reason the owner’s plans are not delivered, NNDC is committed to securing redevelopment itself via a compulsory purchase of the site. This is a process which started last year, and it will move to the next stage with the submission of the Council’s planning application.
Council members have resolved to pursue this course of action, in order to show the residents of Sheringham that the Council is committed to ensuring a redevelopment will happen, one way or another.
Cllr Judy Oliver, NNDC Cabinet Member for Legal Services, said: “It is absolutely essential that this site is brought back into use and that the current blight on the centre of the town is removed, and we will maintain pressure to that end.”
Last November, the Council committed a capital reserve budget of £490,000 ready to purchase the site, should that become necessary. It has been working with a team of property experts to ensure it has a viable alternative for the site in order to support any potential compulsory purchase. The Council has already been forced to spend almost £20,000 on this problem, as well significant officer time, to encourage the owners to move their own plans forward.
Cllr Oliver added: “This cost is a positive statement of the Council’s intent and a major investment in regenerating Sheringham. We regard our actions as absolutely crucial in moving this situation on to a beneficial conclusion for the town.”
The Council’s plans for redevelopment will cover both the hotel site and the adjacent, small Council-owned car park. Draft plans were put out for public consultation in December and have been updated, and they will now form a planning application in the very near future.
Cllr Oliver said: “Many local people have complained about the state of the old Shannocks Hotel and, whilst I share their frustration at the lack of progress by the owners, the Council is absolutely committed to resolving the problem and improving the local neighbourhood.”
Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) Process Details
- Compulsory Purchase is a last resort for Local Councils where there is no reasonably available legal remedy to deal with properties which cause local blight.
- Importantly, in order to have a Compulsory Purchase Order confirmed, the Council also needs to have a viable development plan.
Last updated: 16th August 2017