This proposal for commercial development in what is arguably the most conspicuous and sensitive location in Wells has the potential to dramatically alter not just the quayside setting, but the views of Wells from many important viewpoints along the coast. It is at the pre application stage at present, but this early warning may serve to ensure that any plans submitted are carefully scrutinised to ensure the best result for Wells.Extract below from NNDC web site.As discussed earlier:4.2 Beach Road toilet site, Wells-next-the-Sea:-
- 4.2.1 This small site at the southern end of Beach Road, Wells accommodates a dated public convenience block. The site is considered to occupy a prime position at the northern built edge of the town with views over Wells Harbour and saltmarshes to the east and across fields to the Holkham pinewoods to the north.
- 4.2.2 The Gleeds team have advised that the site has significant potential to accommodate commercial development (subject to the necessary planning consents being obtained) and have prepared plans for a three / four storey mixed use development comprising retail, restaurant and holiday apartment uses. An indicative site layout, floorplans and elevations have been prepared and will be available for discussion at the Cabinet meeting, as will details of the anticipated capital costs in developing out the site and the level of rental return which could be generated through such proposals.
- 4.2.3 Gleeds have advised that such a development proposal could be taken forward directly by the District Council and Cabinet is therefore asked to authorise officers to commission detailed plans for the commercial development of this site to be prepared and submitted for planning permission, following which a further report will be prepared for Cabinet authorising the release of capital funds to take forward such a development.
- 4.2.4 Development of this site would require re-provision of the public toilets and consideration is being given to how new facilities might be provided alongside the football club facilities which would serve existing demand and new pedestrian routes in this part of the town generated by the new visitor car park recently developed by the Holkham Estate on land to the west of the play park and football ground. Cabinet authority is therefore sought for officers to pursue discussions with the Holkham Estate about developing new and improved public convenience facilities, to include a fully accessible “Changing Places” facility, on the football ground site.