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Cabinet asked to approve King's Lynn Multi-Use Community Hub Outline Business Case after successful Government approval

Norfolk County Council, 23 September 2022 00:00

An independent review carried out by Deyton Bell scored the Outline Business Case (OBC) for the King's Lynn Multi-Use Community Hub as green in all areas, showing the high need, viability, and value for money of the project. The business case will now be presented to cabinet of Norfolk County Council, who are asked to approve it, and note the progress of the project.

The Multi-Use Community Hub (MUCH) will see the redevelopment of the vacant Argos building in the town centre as a flagship location in the town containing a library, flexible spaces for groups and community organisations, workspaces, and adult learning facilities.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: "The new building will be a real community asset, providing multi-purpose spaces available for a range of community events, classes, and hire, creating a cultural anchor in King's Lynn.

"The council's commitment to use the asset as community hubs for a minimum of 25 years gives the public certainty and reassurance that people will be able to access services that are helpful to them in their everyday lives such as learning new skills and taking part in community groups, and that the County Council is committed to investing in the town for a long time. The commitment also ensures we get best value from the investment being made in the projects."

The project will cost £12.4m and is mainly funded through King's Lynn's Town Deal, which is providing £7.4m, with additional funds of £5m being provided by Norfolk County Council. The County Council is purchasing the property at 46 New Conduit Street, and, once the purchase is complete, will own the freehold, which is being transferred to them from the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

The expected launch of the King's Lynn MUCH is Summer 2025.

Cabinet will consider the report when it meets at 10am on Monday, October 3rd. You can watch the meeting, live or afterwards, and read the papers.  

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