Some of the flats which were set to be demolished.

Plans to rebuild parts of King’s Lynn’s Hillington Square in the final phase of the area’s ongoing regeneration have been rejected.

Freebridge Community Housing began regenerating the site in 2012  with 190 flats across four blocks being completely refurbished since then.

West Norfolk Council’s planning committee met on Monday to discuss  a proposal which would have seen the remaining untouched blocks near All Saints Church and All Saints Street demolished and new homes rebuilt in their place.

As well as the new flats, a row of town houses fronting All Saints Street and around the corner into Bridge Street were planned.

In a report to the committee council officers had said the scheme would “optimise the site potential”, while “protecting and enhancing” the historic environment.

However, concerns had been raised about the scale and mass of the development and 78 objections were received.

Residents raised concerns over the impact of the development on the historic area, parking, traffic, loss of light and privacy and potential anti-social behaviour.

Deputy West Norfolk Mayor Lesley Bambridge, council member for St Margaret’s with St Nicholas ward, described the design as “utilitarian and unattractive”.

The committee was recommended to approve the application but following discussion at Monday’s meeting the committee voted to reject the plans. A recommendation to reject the plans due to the layout, design and overbearing development was accepted by the committee.