September 22 2014 Latest news:
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This is what a new multi-storey car park could look like in the centre of Norwich.
Huber Car Park Systems has won the contract to design and build the 595-space car park in Mountergate, off Rose Lane.
The plans represent the first phase of a wider regeneration project for the area, which could bring 100 new homes, including affordable housing, to the heart of the city.
The public will get a chance to comment on the proposals ahead of a decision by Norwich City councillors, at an event on Wednesday, September 3, between 3pm and 8pm at the Kings Centre in King Street, with a view to the formal planning application being submitted in October. A city council spokesman said that following the statutory consultation period, it is likely to be put forward for determination at December’s planning committee.
As reported, the council announced last year that it wanted to build a new decked car park on the corner of Mountergate and Rose Lane. Up to 100 homes will be built on the current surface car park there, as part of plans to kick-start the long hoped-for regeneration of the King Street area of Norwich.
The council’s plan is that the new car park, for which £7m has been set aside in this year’s City Hall budget, is built first, with the 200-space Rose Lane surface car park still used until the replacement is completed.
After that, the city council will build the homes on the existing car park. which could cost up to £10m.
About 30 of those homes would be affordable but the others will be private, with the council able to sell or rent them, generating money for the authority.
In 2012, David Lock Associates was commissioned by the council and the Homes and Communities Agency to draw up a blueprint for potential future development in the King Street area.
The Homes and Communities Agency would work alongside the council to bring forward the proposals for the housing and possible commercial development.
Green Party councillors have previously questioned whether the creation of more car parking spaces runs counter to the council’s own policies.
When the council’s budget was discussed in February, they had tabled an amendment calling for the £7m car park plan to be ditched, but their bid was lost.
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