Climbing centre looks for permission to move into a former cold store warehouse in Wisbech
A West Norfolk climbing centre is hoping it has finally found a new home after planning permission was granted to a scheme looking to use the land it currently occupies.
Fenrock Climbing is currently based off Isle Road in Outwell, having been opened in October 2016 by Nate George.
However, last September West Norfolk Borough Council approved an outline planning application from Beech Properties Ltd to build up to 50 homes, which would require demolition of the climbing centre's building to provide an access point.
Since then Fenrock has been on the hunt for a new home and has now submitted an application to Fenland District Council for a change of use of an existing cold store warehouse on Cattle Market Chase in Wisbech.
A design and access statement drawn up by Peter Humphrey Associates Ltd explains the building was last used as a cold store for Fountain Foods.
It explains Fenrock want to convert it into a rock climbing and bouldering centre complete with associated cafe/viewing area.
The statement also explains the move will see the creation of two full-time and up to four part-time jobs by 2021. It currently employs to full-time members of staff.
No external changes are proposed to the building, this application purely seeks permission for the change of use.
Internally, the space will be divided up into the various areas including a reception/café/seating/viewing area. The existing offices will also remain.
The site has an area of 1350msq and there are no extensions proposed under the application.
Fenrock will utilise the existing off-site parking area and access onto The Chase, offering ample off-road parking for customers.
The statement adds: "The site is also located within walking distance of Wisbech town centre and free public car parks at Chapel Road and The Old Market. When in full operation as a cold store, the site used to have large articulated lorries visit the site on a regular basis, which was not ideal, considering the site’s location and the junction with Chapel Road, this will no longer take place, only cars will use the car park.
"With this in mind, the proposal is considered to be a much more suitable use for the site."
As the site is located in a Conservation area a heritage impact statement has also been included with the application and that states: "No external changes are proposed to the building, this application purely seeks permission for the change of use. The impact upon the Conservation Area and nearby listed buildings is therefore nil."