Decision over new Starbucks in Sprowston is delayed

FORMER ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS BUILDING, CHARTWELL ROAD

FORMER ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS BUILDING, CHARTWELL ROAD

Councillors have deferred a proposal to redevelop a former Cold War monitoring site into a new Starbucks and retail unit.

Developers Sigma (Marlborough) Ltd hoped to build the drive-through café and 3,000 sq ft unit on land off Chartwell Road, Sprowston.

But Broadland District Council's planning committee yesterday voted to put back the application following concerns about the proposed changes.

Councillors believed the introduction of a new right-hand turn lane on Chartwell Road to the site would lead to congestion.

It was also suggested that a new pedestrian access route onto Clabon Road could result in an increase in anti-social behaviour.

Andrew Mallett, councillor for Taverham, said: 'I think with that footpath through there you are going to get youngsters, who will frequent that coffee shop, and it is an ideal opportunity for them to gather and cause noise and anti-social behaviour.'

Norfolk Fire Service, which has a station nearby, raised concern about proposals for a new toucan crossing and pedestrian island on Chartwell Road.

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It claimed the reduction of the road width caused by the island could reduce emergency response times.

David Ward, Burlingham ward councillor, said: 'I have no objection to the application other than that it is a very busy road. Any right turning onto the site will cause problems both ways.'

The new café and retail unit would be built on the former Royal Observer Corps headquarters, which was closed in 1991. It would include 29 parking spaces, two disabled bays and an acoustic fence.

The committee voted nine to five to defer the application, along with amendments to remove the right hand turn, remove the pedestrian access route to Clabon Road and reduce opening hours until 10pm.

If developers agree the application will be decided under delegated authority.

Do you have concerns about a development near you? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.

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