Up to 100 homes and new 600-space car park earmarked for Norwich city centre

The Rose Lane car park off Mountergate, where the council are planning to build 100 homes. Picture: Denise Bradley The Rose Lane car park off Mountergate, where the council are planning to build 100 homes. Picture: Denise Bradley

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 AM

A hundred new homes and a multi-storey car park could be built in the heart of Norwich at a cost of up to £17m - to kickstart the regeneration of part of the city centre.

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Norwich City Council wants to build the homes on the current site of the Rose Lane car park, with a new 600-space decked car park built on the corner of Mountergate and Rose Lane.

Council leaders, who last night agreed in principle to the homes plan, say they need to take a lead to encourage private developers to invest in the King Street area - to breathe new life into that part of the city.

The council’s plan is that the new car park, which will cost between £6m and £7m, is built first, with the 200-space Mountergate surface car park still used until the replacement is completed.

After that, housing will be built on the existing car park, with up to 100 homes built on the site.

The city council will build those homes, which could cost up to £10m. About 30 of those homes would be affordable homes but the others will be private, with the council able to sell or rent them, generating money for the authority.

Mike Stonard, cabinet member for planning, transportation and sustainable development, said: “We will be creating the space needed to bring 100 high quality homes to the city centre by consolidating and improving the existing parking provision.

“This will help create the right environment to kick-start a much-needed cycle of investment and renewal in the area for the benefit of the city as a whole.”

Last year, David Lock Associates were commissioned by the council and the Homes and Communities Agency to draw up a blueprint for potential future development in the King Street area.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “Schemes such as these that take a holistic approach to regeneration are vital in bringing much-needed homes and jobs to Norwich.”

Both the car park and the homes would need planning permission and there would be public consultation.

But Stephen Little, Green city councillor for Town Close ward, questioned whether the creation of more car parking spaces ran counter to the council’s own policies.

22 comments

  • About time, Norwich desperately needs more car parking to encourage growth of the local economy. Shame that that it will only be for 600 hundred cars, but every little helps.

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • So,some people on this forum want increased car parking to increase car journeys which is supposed to encourage economic growth, presumeably expect to find empty parking spaces stetching as far as the eye can see on a wet Saturday afternoon, don't want to walk more than a 50 yards to their favourite shops (heaven forbid they get some exercise) when they visit Norwich, want all this "free" of charge and also want congestion free roads?!?!?! You're part of the problem not the solution.

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    frank young

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Petential - A car park would be useful for regeneration. Those of us who live outside the city will not visit unless we can park within reasonable distance of shops. Without visitors, the city centre will deteriorate and become even less attractive than at present.

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    julygirl

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Sorry John but I fail to see how a bloody car park regenerates anything but pollution and congestion

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    petential@aol.com

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Norfolk John ,you do have a very confused idea of economics. Creating more traffic problems will help the Norwich economy. Cannot quite see that reasoning or the idea that people arriving in cars will spend more. Any data to back that up? And have you considered that the people who use the very sensible Park and Ride scheme may find you as objectionable to sit next to . Come and join the peasants who use the Park and Ride, you will be amazed to find that it is not full of undesirables taking their chickens, pigs ,goats and wares to market.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, October 12, 2013

  • Good, more car parking for those that support city centre shopping. That should upset the Greens.

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    Rorping

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • This area is a bit of an eyesore at present and there is a need for more off-street parking near the commercial premises and for visitors to the growing number of residential properties.in this quarter. I hope the city council will insist on a very high standard of design for both the car park and the new homes. If possible, the car park should be sunk two or three storeys below ground level to minimise its above-ground impact. There are a number of buildings of historic interest in Mountergate which could do with more care and attention, and the street environment of Mountergate and Rose Lane is well overdue for major refurbishment - indeed the pavements and road surfaces of Mountergate are already in a deplorable condition and it has a very run-down appearance: this needs to be dealt urgently - before construction traffic and mess turns it into a total disaster area.

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    JCW

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • your kind of economics, Norfolk John, is unsustainable and it is being presented to you on the back of others, me me me, racks to the rest.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • 'in the luxuary of my own car'. Thanks for that, Norfolk John, this qualifies your post superbly. As for pollution and congestion 'being another story', no John, its part of the same old story and you can't see the two in isolation, you are part of the problem. I have no problems using the buses, despite the medicre and bland public transport provisions, despite the fact that PR buses can't be accessed by those who walk, nly fr those who like to rough it a little and leave the luxuary of their castle's on wheels for a bus we all pay for. We don't mind giving car driver a preferential bus service, even if they don't use the effing thing.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Norman Hall – Firstly, I have a degree in economics and secondly, ‘the peasants’ (your words, not mine) will not get the chance to object to me traveling amongst their numbers because I will simply never be on a bus with the great unwashed!

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, October 14, 2013

  • Degree in economics! What`s that got to do with fiscal reality? A degree in Scone making, that`s different. BSc. Batchelor of Scones. `Proper` degree, like Media Studies or an MBA - Motability Buggie Appreciation. (Just for Steely Dan!). I met a young chap once who was studying for a Degree in Cartoon Animation. That was surely a Mickey Mouse qualification.;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • So,some people on this forum want increased car parking to increase car journeys which is supposed to encourage economic growth, presumeably expect to find empty parking spaces stetching as far as the eye can see on a wet Saturday afternoon, don't want to walk more than a 50 yards to their favourite shops (heaven forbid they get some exercise) when they visit Norwich, want all this "free" of charge and also want congestion free roads?!?!?! You're part of the problem not the solution.

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    frank young

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • There should be no problem with building housing in the city where shops and offices are no longer in demand. Probably no more need for car parking as everybody seems to be on a mobility scooter these days.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Maybe this will result in regenerating the city centre,but for those of us who avoid driving into Norwich, and do all our shopping on the net or at out of town shopping centres,a larger car park is irrelevant. The decline of business in city centres is inevitable,high rates and rent don't help! If the council restored free on road parking and removed parking meters,there would be an improvement,but of course this will not happen!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Rose Lane - handy for Prince of Wales Road.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • It would be very interesting to find out the difference between the average spend per visit for those arriving in cars verses those that arrive by bus. I very strongly expect that those arriving in cars are contributing very substantially more to the local economy and therefore should be encouraged by the council, even if it upsets the tree huggers and those somewhat divorced from the reality of economics!

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Petential@aol.com - If I want to spend my hard earned cash in the shops in Norwich, I am not going to get on a bus (not that there are any near where I live in any case) and I certainly am not going to drive to the city outskirts and get on one of the total impractical Park & Ride buses and sit amongst people that I would tather not sit with. IF - I am going to spend my money locally and help the local economy in the process, I want to drive into the city centre in the luxury of my own car, park it conveniently and preferable free (to encourage my spend and the spend of others). Congestion – well that’s another story and the council should be looking at ways to get cars into and out of the city quickly. Perhaps making Newmarket Road one way into the city (2 lanes) and Ipswich Road one way out of the city. The same could be done with Thorpe Road & Plumstead Road etc. Get cars in quickly and easily and encourge people to visit Norwich and spend money.

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Why are the Greens like vegetarians? You go round their house and have vegetarian food. They come round your house and your expected to eat vegetarian. Why can't they understand that the car is not the reason for inner city demise? Live and let live. You want to go by bus then fine. I want to go by car then don't try and force your beliefs on me. I can make my own choice. So Frank in response. Yes please.

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    Andy T

    Friday, October 11, 2013

  • 'in the luxuary of my own car'. Thanks for that, Norfolk John, this qualifies your post superbly. As for pollution and congestion 'being another story', no John, its part of the same old story and you can't see the two in isolation, you are part of the problem. I have no problems using the buses, despite the medicre and bland public transport provisions, despite the fact that PR buses can't be accessed by those who walk, nly fr those who like to rough it a little and leave the luxuary of their castle's on wheels for a bus we all pay for. We don't mind giving car driver a preferential bus service, even if they don't use the effing thing.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • First we raise car parking fees and then we built more car parks attracting more traffic, congestion and pollution to the City. Rather than find a Norfolk wide parking fee that applies to all rateable retail businesses, rather than to support public transport and or cycling. Build more homes by all means, but why should someone who lives in the centre of a City need a carpark? This is just another money making scheme by City Hall. City centre shopping is undermined by some very large retailers and City Hall is supporting this parking apartheid to the detriment of its ratepaying city centre businesses.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Well said Norfolk John. A step toward easing congestion which would be cost free would be to free up the bus lanes on weekends and out of peak hours. There are more people sitting in cars trying to get into the City, than are sitting on the one or two buses sailing down the bus lanes. The bus lanes are redundant most of the time.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • So,some people on this forum want increased car parking to increase car journeys which is supposed to encourage economic growth, presumeably expect to find empty parking spaces stetching as far as the eye can see on a wet Saturday afternoon, don't want to walk more than a 50 yards to their favourite shops (heaven forbid they get some exercise) when they visit Norwich, want all this "free" of charge and also want congestion free roads?!?!?! You're part of the problem not the solution.

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    frank young

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

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