December 21 2014 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Plans to bring a new restaurant and karaoke bar into the heart of Norwich city centre have been given the green light by councillors today (Thursday) - despite concerns over noise.
Jeeves Investment Ltd put the planning application in to Norwich City Council to convert the upper floors of a building in Gentleman’s Walk – above H Samuel and the Hotter Comfort Concept shoe shop and currently vacant offices – into a restaurant and karaoke bar.
In her report to councillors, planning officer Caroline Dodden, said: “It is considered that the proposed use as a restaurant and karaoke bar would bring beneficial activity back to the upper floors of 13-14 Gentleman’s Walk, which would enhance the vitality and vibrancy of this part of the city centre, particularly in the evenings when the area is generally much quieter.”
Norfolk Constabulary had expressed concerns over the proposed opening hours, which were from midday to 2am Monday to Thursday and from midday to 2.30am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But the applicant has since agreed to reduce the opening hours to 12.01am.
Four objections were received from nearby businesses who were also concerned about the opening times, as well as construction access, adequate fire escapes and access to refuse collection.
During today’s meeting of the planning committee, councillor Susan Sands said: “If you are walking around that area of the city, especially in the summer months, it is a very pleasant and nice area but my concern is that now it suddenly might become a loud part of the city.”
As well as a restriction on using any amplified sound equipment councillors were also reassured that a condition would be put in place to ensure that no refuse or storage containers would be left on Old Post Office Court - due its narrowness - or Gentleman’s Walk, either on a permanent or temporary basis.
Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the application, which currently does not state what the new restaurant would be.
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