Postwick pub and restaurant scheme wins approval

THE SIGN FOR BROADLAND BUSINESS PARK.  Liz Reynolds 17/1/2000 THE SIGN FOR BROADLAND BUSINESS PARK. Liz Reynolds 17/1/2000

Thursday, March 6, 2014
10:04 AM

A new pub and restaurant is to be built on Broadland Business Park on the outskirts of Norwich helping to create about 40 jobs.

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Councillors approved the plans – despite opposition from other food and drink businesses in the area.

An application for a two -storey restaurant/public house on land at Old Chapel Way, Postwick, part of Broadland Business Park, had been submitted to Broadland District Council by Lothbury Property Trust Ltd.

And yesterday the council’s planning committee unanimously voted in favour of the recommendation to approve the application which also includes residential accommodation, associated play area, 75 car parking spaces, motorcycle parking, cycle parking and landscaping.

The application states the ground floor will include a restaurant and bar area “providing 204 covers” plus back-of -house and toilet facilities.

On the first floor there will be staff facilities, a two-bedroom manager’s flat and a one- bedroom assistant manager’s flat – both of which are only accessible through the restaurant.

The building is described as being “presented in a contemporary style using a mix of materials to complement the neighbouring buildings”.

Plans for the development were opposed by pub and food businesses in the area, including the Norwich branch of Fatso’s on Salhouse Road which wrote to Broadland to state: “There is not the population in Broadland to keep supporting all businesses, with a population of 124,646. A new restaurant on such a grand scale as the proposed new Hungry Horse will not bring more custom to the local area, as it simply isn’t there. It will just take customers away from existing local businesses in Broadland.”

Meanwhile Anglia Restaurants Ltd which counts the Racecourse on Salhouse Road as part of its portfolio, also objected and urged the committee to turn down the proposal and “support the many local independent businesses struggling in the hospitality market in these times of economic prudence” and “prevent yet another remote national” from “devastating” operations and livelihoods.

But the plans were approved after the committee agreed with officers that “there is no evidence to lead to a conclusion that the proposal would give rise to significant adverse impact”.

Do you think a new pub and restaurant is needed on Broadland Business Park? Email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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