Future of Hillington Square

The Site

Hillington Square is a 1960s housing development located to the south of King’s Lynn centre

History of the building

2012 approval-02
1967-1971
Hillington Square built comprising 320 flats in five-storey blocks
1967-1971
2006
Housing stock transferred from the Council to Freebridge Community Housing
2006
2012 approval-06
2010
Freebridge Community Housing appoints Hemingway Design and Mae architects to regenerate the blocks
2010
2012 approval-01
2012
Planning approval for the regeneration of Hillington Square to be undertaken in phases block by block comprising 229 flats
2012
2012 approval-04
2014
Demolition work begins
2014
2012 approval-05
2017
Phases one to four of Hillington Square complete
2017
Providence Street Full Colour
2021
Freebridge appoints a new design team to finish the regeneration of Hillington Square
2021

The current site

The proposed application site is part of the Hillington Square Estate. Hillington Square is located on the southern edge of King’s Lynn town centre and bounded to the north by Stonegate Street, to the east by London Road and Providence Street (that also extends into the site), and to the south by Valingers Road and All Saints Street. All the streets surrounding the site are predominantly residential streets.

The existing buildings in Hillington Square are located around the listed All Saints’ Church. The site is not within a Conservation Area, but it is in close proximity to St Margaret’s Conservation Area, The Walks Conservation Area and The Friars Conservation Area.

The Estate has an extensive planning history and benefits from extant planning permission to refurbish the remaining blocks known as Ladysmith, Vicarage, Farrow, Chestnut, Aitken and Norris House. This permission also allows for some demolition and new build work.

These emerging proposals seek to redevelop these blocks as well as the existing Providence Street Community Centre building.