New group hopes to influences changes to historic parts of Norwich

PUBLISHED: 17:28 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:26 23 February 2018

Magdalen Street. Pic: Sonya Duncan

Magdalen Street. Pic: Sonya Duncan


It’s a part of Norwich steeped in history, from the spire of the city’s cathedral to the master weavers’ homes of Colegate and the vibrancy of Magdalen Street.


And a new group is looking for formal recognition, so the community in the area around Tombland, Magdalen Street and St Augustine’s Street can have a stronger voice with the way the area is regenerated and developed.

The Cathedral Magdalen and St Augustine’s Neighbourhood Forum wants to submit a neighbourhood plan for the area - a document containing policies taken into account when determining planning applications.

But to be able to do that, the forum needs to be recognised as a designated body by Norwich City Council, so an application has been made to City Hall to get that recognition.

Gail Mayhew, chair of the neighbourhood forum steering group, said: “To optimise the regeneration of the north city centre area, it is vital that development plans recognise the inherent qualities and characteristics of this historic area and its mixed, entrepreneurial and artistic community.

“There is a wealth of opportunity for Norwich to build its presence as a creative and tech hub, and as a visitor destination - as well as building homes that the community needs. This needs to be appreciated by developers coming into the area.”

Members of the Forum include restaurant owners, shop keepers, architects and residents, including from The Close, next to Norwich Cathedral.

The area the forum wants its neighbourhood plan to take in includes Anglia Square, which is earmarked for a major redevelopment.

Working with the investment firm Columbia Threadneedle, Weston Homes is proposing to demolish the existing shopping centre, along with the neighbouring Sovereign House. A planning application is due by the end of this month.

The buildings would be replaced with more than 1,200 new homes, a new leisure quarter, a 200-bed hotel, multi-storey car park and a new home for Surrey Chapel. Also included in the plans is a 25-storey tower block and replacement cinema.

People can have their say over the designation of the forum at

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