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Freebridge Community Housing have announced changes to the Hillington Square regeneration project plan.

Phase 4 of the project (the next phase, which planned to include work to Greenland House, Ladysmith House, Farrow House and Vicarage House) was the largest of the planned phases, however over time it has become clear that because of how the work is completed, and the accessibility to the buildings, it is not practical to do all the work in one go.

So as a result the work on Phase 4 will be split into two distinct phases, Phase 4 and Phase 5, with work starting on Phase 4 in early 2017 and on Phase 5 in 2018.

In addition to this Freebridge have listened to feedback from residents on what has worked well on the phases completed so far, and have decided to increase the demolition on Phase 4 – specifically six properties in Vicarage House and a further six where Ladysmith House meets Greenland House.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing said: “This is a large and complex project and we want to complete it with as little inconvenience to our residents and the surrounding community as possible. By approaching the regeneration of Hillington Square in a phased way it has meant that we have been able to learn from the work we have already done as each phase is completed. Splitting Phase 4 into two new phases will help minimise the length of time that people will be affected, and the additional changes will open up the estate and the enclosed green space providing residents with a better place for them to call home.”

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The final plans for the regeneration of Hillington Square are now available online through the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk here.


The regeneration of Hillington Square in King’s Lynn is moving a step closer with the plans for the project now finalised.

Freebridge have now submitted the plans to the Borough Council for planning permission. The plans have been further developed by mae architects and designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, Hemingway Design following extensive consultation with local residents and leaseholders  last autumn.

Following feedback from residents and leaseholders, the proposals have now been refined:

  • The project will be delivered in a phased approach with Greyfriars and Millfleet benefitting from improvement first, followed by Valentine and Thompson;
  • Through seperating the blocks a much more open feel will be created;
  • Key features of the design will include new staircases with controlled access, made using quality materials;
  • There will also be high performance replacement windows;
  • There will be a quality landscape design plan, and
  • There will be improved storage and car parking.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing said: “We listened to resident feedback and have updated our plans accordingly. We want to revamp Hillington Square so it becomes a place of choice for residents, somewhere people want to live, work and visit.

This is a crucial time for the project as with planning permission, we will be closer to getting on site and beginning the work which will transform this area. This is a truly exciting project for Freebridge and for King’s Lynn.”

Alex Ely, Partner with mae LLP said: “We’re confident that our design now embraces the best ideas that came forward from the consultation whilst also reflecting concerns that were expressed by residents.”

Wayne Hemingway said: “These plans represent an opportunity to transform Hillington Square and they have been developed after spending time talking and listening to local residents. We have worked closely with the community to capture their ideas so that we can develop a vision for the site that will bring change to this part of King’s Lynn. This latest stage in the regeneration moves us all closer towards a brighter future for Hillington Square.”

The plans were shared with local residents at a special event on 28th March in the Hillington Square Community Centre and BBC Radio Norfolk came alone to speak to them and our Chief Executive, Tony Hall.

Further Links :
EDP : King’s Lynn’s Hillington Square regeneration project revealed
Lynn News : Exciting plans for Hillington Square
KLFM : Plans for Hillington Square in King’s Lynn are released