Fletcher Hospital owners urged to act

The owners of Cromer's former Fletcher Hospital have been urged to get a move on and develop the building before it is lost forever.The hospital, which has stood empty for more than a decade, has been listed among the Victorian Society's top 10 most endangered buildings in England and Wales.

The owners of Cromer's former Fletcher Hospital have been urged to get a move on and develop the building before it is lost forever.

The hospital, which has stood empty for more than a decade, has been listed among the Victorian Society's top 10 most endangered buildings in England and Wales. The Roughton Road site, built in 1893 as a convalescent home for patients from the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, became a care home for the elderly before it was closed and bought for development in 1995.

Since then, several planning applications have been submitted by owners Shamin Sheik and Javed Akthar, but work has yet to begin and the site has fallen victim to fly-tippers and arsonists.

The society's list aims to highlight the plight of some of the most threatened Victorian and Edwardian architectural gems. Heloise Brown, its conservation adviser, said she hoped the Fletcher's inclusion would serve as a wake-up call to its owners.

Tetlow King Planning, which acts for Mr Sheik and Mr Akthar, was not available for comment.