December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
A complex of more than 220 student flats in the city centre has been granted planning permission, with one councillor saying Norwich needs more accommodation in the heart of the city.
London-based Alumno Developments had lodged plans with Norwich City Council for the redevelopment of a site close to the city’s bus station, for a scheme it has branded as All Saints’ Norwich.
And members of Norwich City Council’s planning committee yesterday approved the plans for a 228-bedroom student accommodation block on the east side of the bus station site, between the YMCA and Queens Road.
The developer has also been granted permission to demolish numbers 52 and 54 All Saints’ Green, to carry out the refurbishment of Number 50 – a Grade II listed building – and for the creation of a “pocket park”.
Heritage group the Norwich Society had raised concerns over the scheme, questioning whether the student flats building needed to be nine storeys high at its maximum height, while national campaign group the Victorian Society did not want to see 52 and 54 demolished.
But councillors unanimously approved the application.
Jo Storie, Labour councillor for Bowthorpe, said: “I’d like to say how pleased I am with all this.
“Students will love to be in the city centre. It would be so much better if we had more of this in the city centre.”
Stephen Little, Green councillor for Town Close, said: “I am very much in favour of the development. I think it will ease the pressure on housing.
“I am not completely enamoured with the design. I normally like tall buildings, but it seems a bit fussy.”
Officers said the building, which features a reading room on the top level, had been designed to be “lively”.
The student accommodation will have no parking, except for disabled students, while developers are looking into the possibility of offering a cycle hire scheme.
Both the University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts had given the scheme their support in letters to the city council.