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

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

Sunday, December 9, 2012
6.30 AM

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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