Plans go in to demolish King’s Lynn residential home

Plaxtole House has been taken over by Freebridge and is undergoing refurbishment. ENGANL00120130730172157
Plaxtole House has been taken over by Freebridge and is undergoing refurbishment. ENGANL00120130730172157
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A residential home could be demolished to make way for more housing if planners give the green light

Freebridge Community Housing has submitted an outline planning application to knock down Plaxtole House, in Goodwins Road, Lynn, for a housing development.

Plaxtole House helps 16- to 25-year-olds with learning difficulties to leave home and learn important life skills with support from a dedicated team.

But last summer Freebridge announced it was closing the facility as the 52-room building was too big for the number of students coming forward due to shrinking social care budgets. The association had spent more than £300,000 on the site.

The outline planning application, which does not state how many homes could be built on the site, was lodged earlier this month.

Chief executive Tony Hall said:“Freebridge Community Housing continues to support The Benjamin Foundation in their attempts to secure alternative accommodation that is more suitable for the needs of the few residents that remain at Plaxtole House.

“In the mean time we are exploring the options available in respect of the future of the Plaxtole House site, and this planning application is part of that.”

The application states that the building is used as a residential facility including a mix of teaching, leisure and administrative functions.

Only 12 of the existing 50 bedrooms are occupied and employees to be transferred to purpose built alternative premises later this year.

A planning application in 2008 was approved by councillors to build 24 town houses on the site.