Thetford regeneration plans given go-ahead

Artist interpretation of new Thetford bus station (detail) (Copyright: LSI Architects)
Image caption An artist's impression of the new Thetford bus station

Plans for a hotel, cinema and restaurants on the site of a bus station in a Norfolk town are to go ahead.

The Riverside Regeneration Project in Thetford includes a 62-bedroom hotel and a three-screen cinema.

The joint venture between Breckland and Norfolk County councils aims to attract homes and jobs to the town as well as boosting evening leisure attractions.

A new bus station is to be built near St Nicholas Street.

The plan was revealed in May last year but a consultation with interest groups led to calls for changes which have now been made.

Breckland Council leader William Nunn said: "This is a major leisure development for Thetford which will act to boost the night-time economy and encourage young people to stay in the town.

"Together with the dualling of the A11, the development will make the town more attractive to companies seeking to re-locate".

Although Breckland planners approved the scheme in principle in October last year, developers were asked to make changes in materials to fit in with the character of the town and to provide more visual interest.

Stuart Wilson, from the Thetford Society, organised a poll last year which saw 1,921 out of 2,300 votes against the original scheme.

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