Flats plan could see part of landmark hotel become HMO
A landmark Wisbech hotel which has been on the market since the start of the year with a £1.9m price tag could be partly converted into a house of multiple occupation.
Developers have applied for a change of use to the newest block of the Elme Hall Hotel to accommodate more than 30 residents in what the application describes as a "house of multiple occupation" (HMO).
But community leaders say they want more detail about how the scheme would be managed.
Although the hotel stands on the edge of town just off the A47, it lies within the parish of Emneth, meaning a decision on the application will be taken by West Norfolk Council.
Documents submitted as part of the scheme say it relates to a motel block extension to the building, which was itself given planning permission in 2004.
The scheme envisages the development of 34 one bedroom flats or maisonettes which would be for "social, affordable or intermediate" rent.
No external changes to the building are envisaged and the papers said the site would be managed by "local ARLA qualified property managers".
But the Emneth parish council has registered an objection "until further detail is made available regarding management and usage of the building".
Some local residents have also raised concerns about potential additional traffic congestion on the nearby Elm Hall roundabout, where the A1101 crosses the A47.
But the application claims no changes would be necessary as a result of the scheme.
Wisbech Town Council is expected to examine the plan at a meeting on Monday. Borough council officials have indicated they aim to reach a decision next month.
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