Eyesore Norwich shop to be turned into cafe and art gallery

Flashback to when WM Norkett was still trading.

Flashback to when WM Norkett was still trading.


New life is to be breathed into a boarded-up Golden Triangle shop after planning permission was granted for it to be turned into a café and art gallery.

The shop, at 224 Unthank Road, has become an eyesore since WM Norkett lighting and electrical shop closed its doors two years ago.

Following the closure of the Norkett store, which had been in the street for the best part of 30 years, the front of the shop has been daubed with graffiti.

But applicants Russell and Sophie Eade are now looking forward to converting the former shop, after Norwich City Council’s planning committee this week granted planning permission.

Councillors agreed to give permission for the shop to be converted to an art gallery and a café, with a building at the back due to be turned into six artist studios and a four-bedroom home.

The proposals received a mixed response from neighbours. One couple who wrote to the city council in support said: “Having had to view the ghastly existing building and its deterioration for a number of years we look forward to improvement.”

But others raised concern over the number of parking spaces proposed, fearing that, with just two spaces planned, parking could overflow into the residents-only Beechbank Road.

However, council officers had recommended approval, stating: “The overall benefits of the new use are considered to far outweigh the occasional drawbacks of a few visitors who might chance to park in the private road, which could be signed accordingly”.

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  • Brilliant - congratulations and good luck to Sophie and Russell Eade - delighted to see someone doing something with this space - it's great that these people are investing in the city and creating jobs. Particularly pleased that it is an independent and not a standard high street chain - plenty of boring retail outlets elsewhere, this helps reinforce the idea that Norwich is a bit different and a bit special. More art galleries please.

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    Huw Sayer

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • isn't just for the rich ...!....what norwich needs is more original and imaginative spaces ....

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    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • 6 artists studios - that IS contributing to the community. Firstly, providing a space where people can work, and secondly those people will need to buy groceries, etc, they will visit neighbouring businesses to do this.

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    Mrs H

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • wow just what Norwich needs, yet another Art gallery - NOT. True, some of the art is damn good, but who can afford to pay for it apart from the rich? Would have been better as a proper retail outlet that would benefit the community, and put art galleries in the city centre for the tourists

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    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Such a relief it won't be a boring high street chain outlet. Went to the local craft market at the church hall last week -- lovely local hand made gifts and food from local ladies at a reasonable price: hopefully this new site might give them and us a permanent outlet instead of just once a year! Good luck to them!

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    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • An excellent use for this site. (And I speak as someone who is NOT rich.)

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    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • "....... and a four-bedroom home." Hmmmm!

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    peter blyth

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

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