Bid for new £7m Norwich city centre multi-storey car park

The Rose Lane car park off Mountergate, where the council are planning to build 100 homes., with a multi-storey car park nearby. Picture: Denise Bradley The Rose Lane car park off Mountergate, where the council are planning to build 100 homes., with a multi-storey car park nearby. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
6:30 AM

Plans for a new £7m multi-storey car park in the centre of Norwich are being drawn up and will be submitted within weeks, council bosses have revealed.

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Norwich City Council announced last year that it wanted to build a new 600-space decked car park on the corner of Mountergate and Rose Lane.

The council wants to do that so the current surface car park there can make way for up to a 100 homes.

The council hopes that will help 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, housing will be built on the existing car park, with up to 100 homes built. The city council will build those homes, which could cost up to £10m.

About 30 of those homes would be affordable homes but the others will be private, with the council able to sell or rent them, generating money for the authority.

A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council the plans were being worked on and were likely to go before the authority’s planning committee in October.

She said the public would get a chance to comment on the proposals ahead of a decision by councillors.

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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27 comments

  • Just hope the multi storey will feel "safe" enough to use

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    Moley

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • People say location location location when discussing property, this methinks does not work if you look at it isolation of Rose Lane. If you take into account part of the article....future development in the King Street area.... could it that they are looking to have retail units close-by and this is an incentive to attract business in by promoting "car parking facilities" nearby?

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    PeterMac

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Unlikely that the congestion problems often seen when the old Rose lane multi-storey existed will be addressed. With only an exit out onto Mountergate, it would only take 1 broken down vehicle in Rose Lane or a lane closed off for roadworks to see cars queuing on all floors to even get out of the multi-storey. The lights at Mountergate would only let 1 or 2 cars out if that and you could sit in the multi-storey for an hour or more without moving. As things stand, all vehicles leaving this car park and wanting to head east towards Thorpe Yarmouth roads are forced to go into the city in order to get out again. A means of exiting Mountergate across to P O W Road should be considered if this goes ahead.

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    Clarkey

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Cost £17million. By my reckoning 25 years or so till it shows a profit. By which time nobody will go to shops. Great idea

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    DJ

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • With out of town shopping and the internet there's no need to go in the city for shopping, only those who live in the city really have to.

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    Rob_H

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • I too, can't see how 500 cars will leave the city without snarling up Foundry Bridge. Also, some of the flats will have a terrible view backing onto the tall office blocks on Rose Lane. I suppose those will be the 'affordable' homes. Never mind - they're only poor people.

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    Anglianjacky

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • I recently had the misfortune to have no choice but to drive into the city and pay to use an empty car park, what was surprising was the ease with which I was able to drive out of the city again. I do not support having a car park in the city centre and in this location I would recommend that the city council needs to pressure the County to implement a wholesale review of traffic in the city, getting my car out of this car park would be a disincentive for me to use it. If parking is needed in this area what is wrong with building one on Koblenz Avenue?

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    George Ezekial

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Oh dear you poor country folk in your big cars, you choose where you live and what you drive. Maybe more should be invested in better public transport?

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    Banana Babe

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Another brain dead scheme from a brain dead council

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • NROO - absolutely_ how do the cars get to this site? This is very poor non joined up planning. This car park will cause massive amounts of traffic on particular direction, and badly thought out. From neither a proanti car position. A busy bridge at Riverside and bottom Prince of Wales Rose Ln, will be made busier with cars driving up and down. Think of Friday and Saturday evenings on PoW road, not good. Also a quiet King Street will become busier as an alternative rat run to the Carrow bridge area. This is at a time when the council is trying to reduce traffic from these areas and the Castle Mall area. It will drag extra car traffic through from Ber Street and Cattle Market Street. If the council wanted more multistorey car parking, it should have been near Riverside (Koblenz Ave, Station Approach) with the better car access from Carrow Rd Thorpe Rd, or the Queens Rd site next to the bus station, that is now been residentially developed, I understand, despite being earmarked for a hotel . This is badly thought out purely from a development for development rationale, and a cash spinner. Why not build wholely residential and services on the sites?

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    Rob Whittle

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Oh yes the poor rural 4x4 owners sporting dirt on their new Cayenne's, who don't fit into anything else, need their own exclusive carpark. Whatever did they drive 20 years ago ?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Is the car park going to be large enough for those of us who live in the rural communities who have 4x4 cars? We can't fit into any of the othe city car parks as the height restrictions are too low! Alot of us living out here don't shop in the city for this reason. Park and ride are no good when you bring alot of shopping back as the buses don't have the room!

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    Karen Henry

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • So how do they plan on getting cars to this new car park? Perhaps they could navigate via the already gridlocked Riverside Road and the junction at the station? Nightmare.

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    NROO

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Mooseyt4 this is the real world, we need to be able to move around and a car is the thing to do it in, and great that the City Council is to build us a car park close to the City. Let's hope they get the repairs to st Andrews car park underway soon. As an aside, guess what, from the car park to and around the city, yes, we will walk.

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    Rorping

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Another 1960's planning decision in the 21st century by a council devoid of sustainable long term foresight. Maybe City Hall should sort out its own backside fallen down carpark and turn it into a nice multipurpose sportsconcert venue. Then, to the front of City Hall they have a task to fullfill with the market. This planned car park means that we are going backwards, adding to congestion and pollution, when we should diminish it. Agree whith Che Bramley that trams would be the way forward, pandering to car use whilst wanting to reduce pollution is retrograde and daft.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • I tried for years to get planning on the liuttle bit of waste land on Rose lane next to the garage for Pool Car parking and got told every time by the council not to bother as the car park wont get planning. The city is a joke

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    andre smith

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • So Norwich City Council decide to make alterations to move traffic away from the City ie banning Cars from eventually using St Stephens, then it plans to build a Car Park on Rose Lane again. Great just yet another example of the poor planning committee at City Hall. The idea is to take traffic out of the City, not keep diverting it year on year, is there some envelope shuffling going on to keep certain contractors in work. Maybe it would be better for there to be a modern day Tram system in Norwich and that Location could be used as a Tram Depot or oh Housing but then again housing is a sore point cause there will not be many Single Bedroom properties built cause they do not attract enough money for Builders. Serious Norwich City Council is losing the plot again, they never listen to the view of the City Residents. Right just going to stuff some Brown Envelopes....

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    che bramley

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • If Norwich City council want to something for the people of Norfolk they should turn City hall into a multi-story Car park. For the little they do there I am sure that the work can be done in some of the market stalls that are empty

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    Pete

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Not another car park, what a waste of money. You are wrong keith, people walk, people take the train, people take a bus, people cycle. This is a very backwards step

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    Mooseyt4

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Without car parking there will be no shoppers, without whom there will be no shops and jobs or mobey to buy homes. Think about that before moaning about car parks and polution etc....cars are not the devil's instruments.

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Just another example of the councils lack of a long term strategy for the city. On one hand, they are investing in public transport initiatives to reduce congestion in the city and on the other they want to build a new car park! NOT the way forward. The City needs some leadership.

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    Crazy

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • The council want a cash cow, nothing more nothing less.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • This is hardly the way forward is it? Bringing more cars into a city that is already heavily congested and polluted is just not good policy.

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    Vic Sponge

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • .....My first reaction to this was favourable!....The site however is quite a walking distance from the city centre(M&S), especially for the 'doddery' old drivers often referred to in these comments!.... Could this new car park incorporate a' Park and Ride' back and forth ....That would encourage usage!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • At last, something motorist-friendly. Or is there gonna be a catch. Like you can only park there if you travel by bus! LoL

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    marty r

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Not another car park,

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Norfolk John

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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