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For sale: Norwich eyesore St Anne’s Wharf

St Anne's Wharf in Norwich is up for sale.

St Anne's Wharf in Norwich is up for sale.

Submitted - Savills

New life could finally be breathed into a derelict site in the heart of Norwich which has stood empty for more than a decade - after the riverside spot was put up for sale.

The St Anne’s Wharf site, between King Street and the River Wensum, is seen as a ‘pivotal’ site in the regeneration of the city centre, but has been derelict since 1999.

The lack of development of the site, once home to Norwich Brewery, has long frustrated planners and community leaders, with a number of ideas for it having fallen through.

At one point in the late 1990s, there were suggestions it could be turned into Norwich’s version of Covent Garden, with restaurants, cafes and a piazza.

Those plans never came to fruition and, in 2004, it looked like 437 apartments would be built there instead, after planning permission was granted.

But that scheme was scuppered when property developers City Living Developments (Norwich) and sister companies City Living Homes and Anglia Projects & Developments called in administrators in 2010.

However, as Norwich City Council publishes a blueprint which it hopes will pull in fresh investment into the area in and around King Street, there is fresh hope that St Anne’s Wharf could finally be developed.

In the council’s vision for the area, drawn up after talks with local people and businesses, they see St Anne’s Wharf as potentially suitable for up to 94 homes, along with commercial units which could become cafes, restaurants, offices, studios and small shops.

And land agents Savills has now put the site on the market. Savills has been appointed by Nigel Price and W John Kelly, joint administrators of Anglia Projects & Developments Limited, to sell the 4.9 acre site.

David Merrick, head of Savills Norwich, said: “This is a very significant parcel of land that provides one of the keys to unlock the regeneration of the wider south city area.

“There are limited city centre development opportunities and with confidence returning to the housing sector the time is right for this site to come forward for development.

“We are now inviting bids and are optimistic about the interest St Anne’s Wharf will attract for what is a real opportunity to create a scheme with vision in an important part of the city.”

The closing date for bids is August 9.

If the site is developed, it will put an end to comments that Lady Julian Bridge is a bridge to nowhere. When it was first mooted, the idea was that the bridge, which connects King Street to Riverside, would serve the new homes at St Anne’s Wharf, but at the moment the route to it weaves through the empty, overgrown, site.

Lesley Grahame, Green city councillor for Thorpe Hamlet, said: “It could potentially be good news, but it does depend on whatever they end up doing with the site. That said, people would like to see the site developed.

“What’s important is that whatever housing is built should be high quality and that there are also amenities for the people who live there.”

12 comments

  • I`m sure the moneymen will maximise their take, whatever else happens, Steely. Apparently there could be residential development on the old Deal Ground at Colmans? They used to store the barrels of fruit pulp down there. As a student, I broke down these barrels into bits, all numbered, and packed several into an intact barrel to be sent back to country of origin where, presumably, the process was reversed, barrels refilled and sent back here. It all made work for the working man to do. It was a wasp`s paradise! If only the `Hyacinths` at Wimbledon realised the sweaty plebian toil that went into producing their Robinson`s Lemon Barley Water.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 16, 2013

  • Does anyone happen to know the justification for double yellow lines in St Ann Lane which is in the middle of this site? Parking cannot possibly cause an obstruction along most of its length so why doesn't the City council put some pay-&-display meters in and make some money from it?

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    JCW

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • You`re not an Estate Agent are you, Rich Hartt?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 15, 2013

  • Down from 400 plus flats to 90 homes. Small is beautiful - that's a great attitude for a fine, big village.

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    Rich Hartt

    Saturday, June 15, 2013

  • Not sure this is going to work, have they looked across the river at the empty apartments and restaurant units in Riverside. Area is already starting to look a bit past it.

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    DaveG

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • I was once enraged by a new Scottish colleague, when he described Norwich as "a big village with small attitudes". He was right - and that`s why the "clever" people like the developers can cash in so easily. That comment dates from 1976.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • It would be great if some secure, and more peacefull moorings could be created too. Who wants to stay at the unsecure, noisy yacht station!!!!

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    R33VO

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • Watch out Baltic House, management are going to impose unachievable targets so they have a reason for closing the site. Then the building can be sold off for a few million. The deal will go through quicker than a JSA or Universal Credit claim. And any appeals will be less than a 16 week sanction cause the forms were not submitted on time.

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    che bramley

    Monday, June 17, 2013

  • Morgan`s Maltings was once there, before Watney`s moved in and pillaged the area. My dear old dad worked there in the 50`s\60`s. It is indeed an old eyesore. So the time is right to turn it into a NEW eyesore. We should all know who are going to profit from this, it`s the "Saviours" like Anglia Projects and SaVILEs. Dirty World.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • Get rid of that Eyesore called Baltic House then we are talking. I am sure the DWP can find ways of getting rid of the staff so it is no longer needed, and the owners of the Building can make a nice little fortune from the sale of the place ..

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    che bramley

    Monday, June 17, 2013

  • Informative stuff as usual Brew. Why can't the NCC swap this piece of land for the land at the old Lakenham cricket ground and at Pinebanks ? Nobody wants houses at those two sites and everybody would welcome any development at this disused site. Maybe I'm too simplistic.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, June 15, 2013

  • Let's hope the architecture of the new development pays respect to the historic buildings along King Street and the excellent infill development known as King's Quarter opposite the St Anne's Wharf site.

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    JCW

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

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