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Restoration of Lowestoft former post office frontage due to start this winter



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Restoration work on the facade of Lowestoft’s former post office will start this winter if planning permission is granted next week.

East Suffolk Council’s planning north committee has been recommended to approve restoration work to the Grade II Listed structure in London Road North, empty for around four years.

The 19th Century building was bought by the council in 2018, and secured planning permission earlier in the year to demolish buildings at the back to make way for nine new affordable homes.

A CGI image of what the new block of flats could look like at the Lowestoft Post Office site, approved earlier in 2021. Picture: Hudson Architects/East Suffolk
A CGI image of what the new block of flats could look like at the Lowestoft Post Office site, approved earlier in 2021. Picture: Hudson Architects/East Suffolk

Work coming forward for approval to next week’s committee includes improvements to the entrance doors, a new ramp to the front entrance and repairs to the external building fabric.

The council says that work will begin this winter if approval is granted.

“The planning and listed building consent application has been submitted to seek permission for restoration work on the façade of Lowestoft’s former Post Office,” a spokeswoman said.

Lowestoft Post Office in London Road North. Picture: Google Maps
Lowestoft Post Office in London Road North. Picture: Google Maps

“The project will help to improve the condition and appearance of the building whilst restoring its historic character.

"It will include work to fix the roof, repair the windows, carry out conservation of stonework on the façade and reconfigure the ground floor windows to restore the entrance to the central bay of the building, as per the original design of the building. This will incorporate repositioning the existing ramp which would greatly improve the appearance of the building.

“This work is being carried out in isolation to any wider reuse of the building as the repairs to the building envelope are being funded through the London Road, Lowestoft High Street Heritage Action Zone, with funding profiled to be spent on the restoration of the Post Office façade before the end of the financial year.”

Historic England said the plan ‘has the potential to enhance the significance of the Grade II Listed Old Post Office through the restoration of historic features’.

Earlier this year the council said it hoped the revamp would encourage a new commercial business tenant, with the significant work needed understood to have been a stumbling block to any new occupier in recent years.

The council’s planning committee will be asked to approve a full application for the restoration work and grant listed building consent at its meeting on Tuesday.

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