By DONNA SEMMENS
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Plans have been submitted for the £100,000 restoration of a derelict listed Georgian-style house on the main road into King’s Lynn.
The town’s Preservation Trust has taken on the major project of bringing number 90 London Road back to its former glory and has submitted its proprosals to West Norfolk council –the former owner.
The three-storey town house still retains an original coach house at the back of the property, and both buildings have been neglected for many years.
Trust director David Higgins said the house would be put on the open market once it was fully restored.
“We hope it will be an exemplar for London Road, to show what can be done with the buildings along there,” he said.
A report submitted with the application says the property could have been built by John Sugars, responsible for a number of buildings in the area from around 1823.
“The property is now in very poor condition as a result of neglect over many years and extensive rot. There are a number of poor quality repairs and replacements throughout the building,” it says.
Number 90 is one of a pair of large houses which front London Road, the main route into Lynn, believed to have been built around 1825. The building had previously been used as flats and has been semi-derelict for around ten years.
It has severe dry rot problems along with damage caused by water which has leaked into the property. The garden, which was completely overgrown, has already been cleared to allow access to the rear.
“The second floor has suffered badly from a leaking roof, an awful infestation of pigeons with their dirt and associated pests living in the dirt,” says the report, which adds that a “nasty smell” will take a lot of eradication.
Mr Higgins said he hoped the project would be completed later this year.
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