Burnham Market

Development of 32 homes and public car park on Foundry Field on the edge of Burnham Market Conservation Area.


Beacon Planning were appointed by Fleur Hill BM LLP, a joint venture company formed by Fleur Developments Ltd and Hill Residential Ltd, as the heritage consultant on a new development of 32 homes and public car park in Burnham Market. The majority of the site is within the setting of the conservation area, with some small sections falling within the boundary. The site also lies within the setting of listed buildings, including Grade I listed St Margaret's Church. It is currently put to agricultural use, but also includes the former Day Care Centre on North Street.

Our first task was to prepare a heritage appraisal which was used to inform the on-going development of the proposals to ensure that the scheme was sensitive to the adjacent heritage assets. This document identified the significance of the heritage assets affected as required by the National Planning Policy Framework, and in particular the contribution made by the application site to this significance. The second stage was to prepare a heritage statement that assesses the impacts of the proposals on the identified heritage significance with reference to both local and national planning policy as well as best practice guidance.

The 32 houses have been thoughtfully designed to reflect the materials palette of historic Burnham Market and the vernacular detailing that characterises the conservation area. The scale of the buildings has been carefully controlled to preserve longer views into the conservation area which were identified early on in the process as being an important element of its setting.

The development will provide much needed housing along with a public car park which will relieve the blight on the conservation area currently caused by the high levels of car parking in the village centre.


The scheme was granted planning permission by the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. At the time of writing (2017), construction is largely complete. The scheme was shortlisted for the RTPI East of England Award 2017.

ClientFleur Hill BM LLP
Services providedAdvice  
BP teamJon Burgess  
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