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Plans lodged for 53 homes in city centre - and this is its rooftop view

PUBLISHED: 16:38 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:47 19 June 2018

The view from the roof terrace of  St Peter's House in Cattle Market Street. Picture: Denise Bradley

The view from the roof terrace of St Peter's House in Cattle Market Street. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A former office block with a breathtaking rooftop view of Norwich city centre will provide more than 50 new homes, if the latest bid to develop it into flats is approved.

St Peter's House in Norwich Picture: Denise BradleySt Peter's House in Norwich Picture: Denise Bradley

St Peter’s House, on Cattle Market Street - previously an Aviva building - has been empty for some time and has been subject of a number of prior residential applications.

The latest application has been submitted by a company called Cattle Market Street Ltd, which is seeking permission to convert the building - which recently provided a temporary home for Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form - into a block of 53 flats.

In specification, the application is identical to once previously approved by the city council in October 2015, which to date, has not materialised.

If successful, the development will see the 53 new flats built into the existing space in the building, therefore not altering the building’s height.

The development will also have no parking provisions for future residents, however, its basement floor will have a bicycle store with capacity for up to 73 bikes.

The design and access statement for the development says: “The building is in the city centre, therefore, car free development is appropriate.

“In fact, the building is close to excellent public transport facilities and to a large underground car park of Castle Mall Shopping Centre. Each unit will also be provided with secured cycle spaces.”

It is the fourth time since October 2014 that a bid has been made to convert the building into flats, and while each has been successful in gaining approval, it has remained empty.

In October 2014, a project was touted for the building which would have seen two residential properties created, with a private swimming pool, however this did not materialise.

In October 2015, a separate application for 53 homes in the building were also approved by the city council.

A flood risk assessment for the site states that while changing the use does increase a building’s vulnerability to flooding, this would not represent an increased risk in this case.

A decision will be made in due course.

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