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Great Yarmouth bowling alley fire site set to be turned into homes and retail units

PUBLISHED: 13:53 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:53 07 December 2017

The aftermath of a major fire which has destroyed the Regent Road superbowl and indoor market in the centre of Great Yarmouth.
The view from the fire service crane.

Picture: James Bass

The aftermath of a major fire which has destroyed the Regent Road superbowl and indoor market in the centre of Great Yarmouth. The view from the fire service crane. Picture: James Bass

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Plans to breathe fresh life into part of a main thoroughfare in Great Yarmouth that was ravaged by a fire are recommended for approval.

The new plans submitted by Phil Thompson for the Regent Road/Albion Road. Picture: Richard Pike Associates The new plans submitted by Phil Thompson for the Regent Road/Albion Road. Picture: Richard Pike Associates

August last year saw a huge blaze engulf the Regent Bowl and Indoor Market on Regent Road.

Site owner Phil Thompson has submitted plans to Great Yarmouth Borough Council to build 23 homes, 10 retail units and a large unit for leisure use on the site.

MORE; a year after the blaze

The planning application is to be discussed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s development control committee on Wednesday, December 13, with planning officers saying the plans should be approved.

Planning papers state: “It is considered that securing a mix of ground floor retailing in this location will help to reduce the seasonality of Regent Road.

“The continuation of active retail and/or leisure uses along Regent Road frontage will help to maintain its vibrancy and character. In addition, the concentration of further residents in this locale may help to stimulate more ground floor commercial activity improving its vitality.”

More; homes plan for fire site

At the time the blaze left traders from around 40 businesses and three employees from the bowling alley without jobs. At its height 80 firefighters tackled the blaze.

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