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Former Melbourne Slope toilets on Cromer Promenade
The premises constructed in the early 20th century is a single-storey brick-built former toilet block. The façade has been overpainted but provides an attractive double arch structure with wide openings opening onto the Promenade. It has a concrete floor and shuttered concrete roof covering. The premises are to be let in their current condition subject to any agreed specification of refurbishment works agreed with the tenant.
The clear frontage to the Promenade is some 9.4 metres. View the site plan.
The internal clear ceiling height in most of the property is 2.5 m (greater than 8 feet).
The Melbourne Slope former public conveniences are in a prime location fronting onto the Promenade and close to existing attractions.
Public steps are immediately adjacent to the property providing access to the town centre within 5 minutes walk. The entrance to Cromer Pier is less than 5 minutes walk to the east.
The measured plan shows the dimensions of the property's compartmentalised areas, which is 80 sq.m (865 sq. ft). This plan includes an area to the rear with an arched and vaulted structure. This area is currently accessed by a low-level opening.
Whilst the property is not listed, it does sit within the Promenade Conservation Area.
The planning authority has suggested that several alternative commercial uses would be considered subject to planning and other consents being forthcoming.
We believe that the premises are in good structural condition, but further surveys may be required dependent upon the type of changes to be made. The intention is that any new tenant would invest the capital monies into the property to create the required area to be leased. Any new lease would be subject to negotiation with the council as landlord based on those costs and the proposed use. The council would prefer not to see any proposals to add a further floor to the property unless this was an exceptional scheme.
The length and terms of any lease will be negotiated subject to the level of investment and use proposed. However, the council suggests that a long lease over 20 years would be appropriate, with the tenant being responsible for all repairs and maintenance. Building insurance would be put in place by the council as landlord and recharged to the tenant.
Any proposed refurbishment by a tenant will be through an agreement to lease, including a Specification of Tenants Works. This should be done before the lease itself is completed.
The property has a water supply, foul and surface water drainage and a 3 phase electricity supply, which may need to be metered to provide a specific supply to the new tenant. The tenant will need to ensure that all services are adequate for the proposed use. Any additional provision or variations to any supplies will be made at the tenant's cost and subject to the landlord's consent.
Bin storage and waste
The council would prefer to see all waste bins stored within the premises. No external storage will be allowed on the Promenade.
The premises are not currently listed for national non-domestic rates (business rates) and would be listed by the Valuation Office once any refurbishment is completed. It is not possible at this stage to estimate the rateable value of the completed premises.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
There is no EPC currently available for the premises. An energy assessment will be made once the premises have been refurbished. The tenant's refurbishment specification will need to ensure that the minimum statutory standards are met if not improved upon significantly.
The council is keen to ensure that the premises are sustainable and efficient in line with their net-zero carbon emissions commitments.
Each party are to be responsible for their legal costs.
VAT will be charged on all rents.
Expressions of interest
Expressions of interest are invited. It should include the following:
- summary of the proposed investment in and development of the property
- sketch plan of the proposed layout
- preferred lease term
- an indication of the likely costs of any investment by the proposed tenant
- indicative rent linked to a business plan would also be useful
Email expression of interests to Estates@north-norfolk.gov.uk.
Any expression of interest should be with the council by Monday, 3 May 2021.
Viewing of the premises can be arranged. Please provide at least 24 hours notice if possible. Contact the Estates team.