Former Lloyds building up for sale for £500,000

A landmark listed building in Great Yarmouth which is being converted into seven flats is up sale for £500,000.

The former Lloyds Bank in Hall Quay was bought by Atal Properties – a London-based company – at auction in 2016.

Since then it has been granted planning permission from Great Yarmouth Borough Council for it to be used as a shop including permission for the sale of food and drink.

Atal Properties were also given the go ahead to develop seven self contained flats on the first and second floor last year.

Work on the flats is almost complete.

Aldreds estate agents have the former banking hall up for sale on their website.


Couples in Norfolk and Suffolk denied fertility treatment based on age or if ‘overweight’

Data released by campaign group Fertility Fairness found clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the two counties would not give treatment such as IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to women with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30, or men with a BMI of more than 35.

And in some areas if the man was aged over 55, that would also make the couple ineligible for free treatment.

Both Suffolk CCGs capped a man’s age limit to be eligible at 55 , while in Norfolk and Waveney there was no cut off.

However in four areas (all of Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney, and West Norfolk) if a man had a BMI of more than 35 it would rule the couple out.

In all areas the woman must have a BMI of between 19 and 30.


Council renews plea to save historic Winter Gardens

A new plea has been made to find an investor and operator to run the UK’s last surviving Victorian seaside cast iron and glass winter gardens.

The Grade II*-listed landmark has dominated the famous Golden Mile since 1904 and is of national significance.

It was built in Torquay, Devon, between 1878 and 1881 then dismantled in sections and transported by barge to Norfolk in 1904.

However, it was listed as one of the UK’s 10 most endangered buildings in 2018 by the Victorian Society, and has been closed since 2008.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in December last year but lottery funders turned down the £12m rescue bid. It said the Winter Gardens would need a commercial investor-operator on board before any new bid could be made.

The council is looking to identify and discuss the possibilities with organisations which might be interested in helping to bring the iconic seafront building back into use.



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