New restaurant and karaoke bar to come to Norwich city centre

The green light has been given for a restaurant and karaoke bar in Gentleman's Walk in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith The green light has been given for a restaurant and karaoke bar in Gentleman's Walk in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Thursday, January 9, 2014
11:39 AM

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.

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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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11 comments

  • As if Norwich needs yet another food and entertainment venue. Keep it all in Prince of Wales Road and Tombland and leave the rest of the city centre to people who like a quiet night out.

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    vschems

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • The slide of Norwich continues. It used to be so clean and tidy but look at it now.Full of beggars and buskers and another rubbish place to open to ensure the trend continues.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • What are the councillors thinking? Norwich is a fine city and does not need this sort of venture in the heart of its historic area. Keep it manageable by restricting this sort of thing to POW road

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    la barbe

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Why am I thinking deja-vu, been here before?

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    biglingers

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • A good decision,and karaoke,is not that loud,and though not up my street it gives folk a chance to have a sing

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • According to Caroline Dodden this part of the City is too quiet at night. This new venture will " enhance the vitality and vibrancy if this part of the City centre ". Norwich is a wonderful City and by granting this licence it will difficult for similar applications to be refused. What may I ask this enlightened Councillor is wrong with a quiet City centre in the evening. Is it her intention,along with her pals, to drag the POW road into the City centre? As always money talks, as I fear in this case.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • LaBarbe@ I understand your point and totally hate the P O W Culture.but I truly feel this venture is outside of yourour fears

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • I know of quite a few nice people who like to vocalise Karaoke Style,and mostly 30 + its also a restaurant which indicates a great night out with food and entertaiment .I feel this will be a venture appealling to the "older" person and not the P O W Road Lager Louts !

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • littlenewshound: I wonder about people who use the words "chav" and "chavvy"; I suspect that their contempt come from a closer interaction with those they despise than I have - and explains it

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    peter blyth

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Come on littlenewshound, that's what's called having a good night out. Besides, it'll be good training for the next round of Britain's Got Talent.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Oh dear more chavvy entertainment - just what we need!! At least everybody will be able to buy booze from Tescos and get drunk in the taxi rank before going in to howl like wolves. Pure class. I'd rather pay to watch the puppet man.

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    littlenewshound

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

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