New homes to be built on eyesore site of former Thorpe St Andrew pub

06:30 09 December 2012

The derelict ground where Woodside pub used to stand on Plumstead road, Norwich.

The derelict ground where Woodside pub used to stand on Plumstead road, Norwich. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

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New life is set to be breathed into a derelict site where a pub once stood in Thorpe St Andrew.

The Woodside pub, pictured in early 2010 after it was closed down. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY.The Woodside pub, pictured in early 2010 after it was closed down. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY.

The brownfield site between the junction of Thunder Lane and Plumstead Road East has become an eyesore since The Woodside was demolished in July 2010, following its closure in January of that year.

Broadland District Council has now approved plans for nine houses to be built on the site, eight of which will be four-bedroomed and one three-bedroomed.

A new access road to the cul-de-sac will be built from Thunder Lane, with driveway and garage parking for each house.

The site’s owners, Badger Building Ltd, based in Lowestoft, originally applied for 14 houses to be built on the site in 2010 but Broadland turned down the application on design grounds in January 2011. An appeal against the decision was then upheld in October 2011.

The Woodside pub being demolished in July 2010. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY.The Woodside pub being demolished in July 2010. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY.

The new application, submitted via Norwich architects Chaplin Farrant Ltd, went before Broadland’s planning committee on Wednesday.

The committee delegated authority to the council’s head of planning to approve the plans, subject to prior completion of a Section 106 legal agreement for planning obligations, including two of the houses being suitable for the council’s affordable housing scheme. This is expected to be completed before Christmas.

Alan Tinkler, 43, lives nextdoor to the site and, having lived in Thunder Lane for three and a half years, is pleased that the site is set to be developed.

Mr Tinkler said: “It’s become overgrown and collected general litter so I’m most definitely pleased that the site will be developed.

“The revised plans are more in keeping with the road. It will finish Thunder Lane off nicely because it is quite a nice road.”

Nigel Shaw, county councillor for Woodside division, also greeted the news, saying: “This site had become an eyesore and people have got used to the hole in the ground there, so this is something we have been waiting for.

“A lot of builders and developers have had hard times in the last year or two but we need these plots developed and put back into use.

“We need new housing in Thorpe and when you include this with the Pinebanks and Griffin Lane sites, I would say this takes up the whole of Thorpe St Andrew’s portfolio for new housing.”

- Press play on the video above to see The Woodside pub during its demolition process.

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  • Well, fed up to the back teeth, what makes you think that the Council is going to pass planning permission for houses on an eyesore brownfield site when there is so very much farming land to build on? We don't think the same way as these twits. Someone should count the amount of houses that are planned in Norfolk over the next five years in gigantic Stalinist new towns and smaller sites of 100 to 500 and then sites which should be encourages ie 1 to 20. I think you will find that more houses are planned that the entire homelss population of Great Britain. It is ridiculous. Especially when you consider we do not have the commercial infrastructure to provide jobs for these people. Leaping up and down slapping your flippers with glee like the Labour contingent on the City Council that they have worked out how to remove 300 jobs from other supermarkets to give them to yet another ugly edifice is somehow a triumph of job creation. I'm going to borrow my neighbour's guinea pig to stand for council next May - It is way more intelligent than the lot who strut around with their single brain cell ricocheting around their skulls.

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    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • At least it's a Brownfield site. When all of these are used up, all over Norwich and the surrounding towns, then the absurdity of Rackheath may be considered. Not until then though. Agricultural land is for growing food, end of arguement.

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    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • I have no idea whether the way some new developments are designed and laid out is down to developers or the planners but I agree with Fed up about the busy junction. Look how planners have allowed houses bang on the pavement edge near Sprowston Tesco extra. I assume the excuse is that the are in an " urban situation" but when most houses were built bang on the roadside there were no cars. New developments just over the county boundary are the same, towering three storey terraces, houses rammed onto the kerb, twisting narrow roads and cul de sacs, houses at all angles to one another with shared accesses and car barns with all the squabbles they create. The general atmosphere is of cramped dark estates that are neither urban nor rural in character, plonked in the countryside and a terrible Hobson's choice for people desperate for somewhere to live. A shortage of land is not an excuse for this nasty architecture.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • About flaming time, what about the rest of eyesores around Norwich? Mind you having said that, who would want to buy a 4 bedroomed house in that location is beyond me.

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    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Perhaps I better clarify myself, it's not the area as such but the actual location, right on that busy junction, with those daft roundabouts, next to that tatty row of shops. The place is a nightmare at the best of times. With the market full of decent houses in good location, that vendors are having so much difficulty in selling, just why would anyone buy one there, unless they are the buy to rent landlords, where their tenants have little choice.

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    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • It used to be very nice along there, and is still relatively so. NCC and other district councils have not been watchful enough in protecting Norwich suburban roads from creeping retail and service outlets which ruin residential areas. The city end of Plumstead Road east is an example-houses turned into offices and sale rooms which do not serve the immediate area in a way a newsagent or general store might. An extreme example is Dereham Road, which many older people will remember as a residential road with a few retail outlets, chapels, pubs and cinema but now resembles any street near any northern urban university. As for four bed houses- modern developers seem to think that a room five and a half feet by seven is a bedroom rather than a box room, so four bed houses are not always all that.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

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