New flats plan for historic quayside dubbed ‘a joy to behold’

A bid to convert empty offices in Great Yarmouth's South Quay in to homes has been lodged Picture: G

A bid to convert empty offices in Great Yarmouth's South Quay in to homes has been lodged Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Google Maps

A bid for homes in a former solicitors office has been lodged with planners.

A bid to convert empty offices in Great Yarmouth's South Quay in to homes has been lodged Picture: G

A bid to convert empty offices in Great Yarmouth's South Quay in to homes has been lodged Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Google Maps

If approved two listed buildings at 5/6 South Quay in Great Yarmouth will be converted into five flats over three floors.

Included in the application is a proposal for a new 'modern' Row house to be built at the back, described as "elegant and simple" and in keeping with other buildings in the historic museum quarter.

A heritage statement submitted in support of the proposal said the once-grand homes were built when South Quay was riding a wave of maritime success and prosperity.

It refers to author Daniel Defoe's description of the riverside sweep tagging it "the finest in England" and saying its buildings were "a joy to behold."

The papers say: "The scheme is intended to restore the buildings to their past magnificence with sympathetic changes."

There are a number of listed buildings in the area including the remains of Greyfriars Cloister, a scheduled ancient monument.

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The plans have been submitted by Gillian Harwood of London-based Lewes Workspace.