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Buyer of eyesore Norwich site reveals intention to build 437 homes

Orbit Homes wants to build more than 400 homes at the derelict St Anne's Wharf site. Picture: Denise Bradley

Orbit Homes wants to build more than 400 homes at the derelict St Anne's Wharf site. Picture: Denise Bradley

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More than 400 homes could be built on a derelict site in the heart of Norwich city centre within five years, the new owners of the land have announced.

The St Anne’s Wharf site, between King Street and the River Wensum, has been derelict since 1999, but has been bought by Orbit Homes.

There was a concerted push to market the site last summer and Norwich-based Savills last month announced a deal was in the brink of being sealed.

Orbit Homes has now revealed it has snapped up the site, which was being sold after the company which previously owned it went into administration.

And the company says it is keen to breathe new life into the site, which had been granted planning permission for 437 apartments and 20,000 square feet of commercial space.

While planning permission has expired, bosses at Orbit Homes say they hope to be able to build 437 homes on the site, including for affordable rent, shared ownership and outright sale. The housing provider already owns and manages over 5,400 homes across the region from its Thorpe Road base, but this development will see Orbit create its first homes to be made available for private rent.

Paul High, executive director of Orbit Homes, said: “We have worked closely with Norwich City Council in the past and we look forward to continuing the partnership on this project.

“Orbit already has a significant number of homes in the city and we’re excited to get to work delivering these much needed homes for the area.

“Work is due to begin on the site in the summer of 2015, by which time we will have revealed more details of this exciting development.”

The company would not reveal what it paid for the site, but said the estimated gross development value of the site is in excess of £70m.

The listed building Howard House is part of the acquisition. Orbit homes said it would be “speaking to partners to discuss options for the building”.

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14 comments

  • When we moved to Gooneyweeds Norfolk there was a half way decent bus service. Not good but it is now officially an ex bus service, it has joined the bus service invisibule. In any event I will put my hands up and say I loathe living in rural Norfolk or rural anywhere for that matter. I think all housing should be built near in to cities or large towns and it should be a requirement that the average person should be able to live reasonably easily without a vehicle. If I lived it my place of choice (Knightsbridge, London) I wouldn't dream of having a car because there are buses passing literally every minute of the day. People who need to live in the boondocks should live there like farmers and lighthouse keepers and so on and we can come and visit them and point at their rural lifestyle then get back to civilisation in time to go to Covent Garden.

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    alecto

    Monday, November 10, 2014

  • so, if you live work in a city you shouldn't have a car? Do I take it you are not allowed to leave the city once you move there? Perhaps you are supposed to skype your friends and relatives, or, maybe you are only allowed friends that are within walking distance.

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    Yarco

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • I'm stunned that houses are going to built there. Didn't the new owners read the suggestions , on here, a few weeks ago when people asked for a nice park area with benches and picnic areas?

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    Yarco

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • Alecto, don't move to a rural area and then complain about the rural service. If it wasn't for half of London Essex moving to Norfolk we wouldn't have to build so many houses on our green land.

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    Yarco

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • off course this should read'no one in England would possibly buy an apartment in an inner City without a parking space', please don't speak for anyone else who might want to live a healthier lifestyle in a City. And Andy, grow up please have yoyu ever heard of car pools?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • You are quite right Andy. No-one is going to buy a flat without somewhere to park a car. Even if they never intend to use said car they must have an eye to the resale value of the property and a car space is essential. We had to have a car parking space at our place in London although it would have been lunacy to take the car out anywhere but down the A3 into Surrey. I took the bus everywhere but then our bus service turned up more than twice a day.

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    alecto

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • …..of course not andy!....those living there can use public transport to get OUT of the City as is being pushed for those living OUTSIDE of the City to get in!..... Seems fair to me!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • More homes - great news. Hope Orbit can get on and build them asap.

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    MattW

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • Nice one Ingo. Are they going to make it a condition of living there that no one leaves the city centre?

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    andy

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • They need to beat the NDR in-fill rush, it's as simple as that.

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • Nobody needs a car that nearby to the centre, but, hang on, what commercial use could there be without much access to the site. Emergency services will still need access to all properties, but the roadspace does not require two lanes. Lets see what the archeology comes up with, that place is one of the oldest parts of Norwich. Hope the houses are going to be build to the code for sustainable housing.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • .....437 new homes WITHOUT the need for a car! ...that sounds more like it!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • Alecto, your last sentence is spot on. There will not be that many parking spaces available to would be residents. I suggest you read the 'Beyond Green' document which sets out the aims for new developments around Norwich. Discouraging private ownership of cars through 'transparent charging for car parking,' promoting shared ownership of cars, etc are all part of the plan for us all.

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    andy

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • Two cars per property. That's another nearly a thousand cars joining the huge permanent traffic jam that is Norwich Roads since the council tried to stop people getting near shops to buy stuff and keep them open. Or are they going to forbid parking spaces so none of the properties sell.

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    alecto

    Friday, November 7, 2014

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