Update: Decision made over Norwich Golden Triangle shop which has stood empty for six years

Denise Carlo and fellow objectors to the planned demolition of the former Burrell's shop on Unthank Road. Photo: Steve Adams Denise Carlo and fellow objectors to the planned demolition of the former Burrell's shop on Unthank Road. Photo: Steve Adams

Thursday, June 5, 2014
3:24 PM

A Norwich shop which has stood empty for six years can be given a new lease of life, after councillors granted planning permission for changes.

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The Burrell’s ironmongers, in Unthank Road, closed in 2008 and has stood empty ever since. Last year, Mark Webster, whose son Charlie runs Websters estate agents nearby, submitted plans to replace the Golden Triangle building.

But the application, which would have seen a three-storey building put up in its place, caused controversy, with Norwich City Council conservation officer Mark Wilson describing the proposal as “unacceptable in design and conservation terms”.

In August last year, the application was withdrawn, with the developers saying they were keen to work the local community to come up with a scheme.

A fresh application was lodged with City Hall for a smaller building, containing a shop, a cafe and a home on the second and third floors.

And the city council’s planning committee today went with the advice from their officers and granted permission.

Officers had acknowledged, in a report which went before the committee: “The loss of a building which has historical value and presence in the street scene is, of course, regrettable.
“The applicant has submitted supporting evidence of their view that the building is in a state of disrepair that would make it uneconomical to retain it.”

But officers had said the proposed replacement, although higher than the existing building, would be of a similar scale and would fit in with the rest of the street.

They say: “In the context of its current vacant state, it is considered to result in an enhancement of the visual amenities of the street scene.”

• Are you fighting a planning application where you live? Call reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375 or email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

16 comments

  • Nice to see City Planning taking notice of residents in the Golden Triangle. I wish they would where I live. I guess not all residents are created equal in the eyes of the council.

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    Resident Smith

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Why should we bother to comment on issues, if the resulting comments and discussion are erased because their truthfullness does not square with the Tory agenda of the EDP. Sod their bias.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Not three floors in the shopping area. It will be out of place and any responsible planning committee should throw it out on its ear.

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    alecto

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • It has been allowed to become a wreck until the decision in favour of the developers is given the go ahead,its a very triend and tested ploy !

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I wonder which Estate agent came up with the title " Golden Triangle " for this area?

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    norman hall

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • There are period buildings that are well worth going the extra mile for,this is not one of them .it is a wreck . Time to move on and get it sorted

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    Reader

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Moosey I am also the public. and diagreewith you view!! rip down Elm Hill and any other period building in the city ?

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I'm the public, this building is old and past it, rip it down and build a new one. Quit living in the past people.

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    Mooseyt4

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Why not 3 floors? There are lots of property with 3 floors in the area!

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Why a third floor. For heaven's sake must we always have to suffer for the greed of the few

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    alecto

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • What a surprise, the Council gave in, and it will be demolished. Nothing unusual in that. The Council never listen to the public

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • If the council had allowed the perfectly reasonable plans previously submitted, this ugly old building wouldn’t have stood empty for the last six years.

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Derek, if there was demand for an Ironmongers, it would still be there! If you want to run a business at a massive loss then go ahead and take it on...

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    Mooseyt4

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • This shop should be a listed building,its part of the streets cape of Unthank Road,at home with the general architecture of the general area

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • The one thing we do not have in the area is a decent Ironmongers, which is what is was, we certainly do not need anymore eating places

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • ANOTHER restaurant? There's like 20 bars, cafes and restaurants in the area. One day it will all come crashing down.

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    Mooseyt4

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

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