King's Lynn's Hanse House market plans given green light

  • 3 August 2012
  • From the section Norfolk
Hanse House (Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk)
Image caption The building was renamed as Hanse House, from St Margaret's House, in 2009

A 15th Century warehouse in Norfolk is to be transformed into a seven-day indoor market and wedding venue.

Planning permission was granted to transform Hanse House in King's Lynn into a multi-use venue, which will also include a bistro and bar.

The space will also be used for art galleries and exhibitions.

Businessman James Lee, who bought the building off Norfolk County Council, said it would be developed in stages, with the market open by Christmas.

The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk said the building was used as an international trading warehouse during the town's connection in the Hanseatic League until 1751.

The Grade I-listed building was previously a council registry office.

Mr Lee said the building would be "brought back to its former glory".

"It will create employment and I'm hoping it will have a buzz about it," he added.

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