Details of Anglia Square plan will be put to the public once more as developers refine the scheme

Anglia Square. Picture: Simon Finlay

Anglia Square. Picture: Simon Finlay - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A new round of consultations is being launched by developers behind a potential new scheme at Anglia Square.

Weston Homes and Columbia Threadneedle are promising to return 'with more detailed proposals for further views and feedback' after gathering opinions for the site back in December.

Some of those details emerged in an environmental screening request to Norwich City Council this month.

The site, which includes the vacant former office building Sovereign House, the condemned multi-storey car park fronting Edward Street, and Surrey Chapel Free Church, would be transformed in a bid to attract new shops and restaurants to the area.

Iceni Projects, on behalf of Weston Homes, say in the EIA screening request the proposals 'are currently in the process of being refined', but expect all the existing buildings to be torn down, with the possible exception of Gildengate House.

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With up to 1,350 homes planned, mainly one and two bed flats, there is scope for around 250 apartments to be given over to form a new hotel or student accommodation, reducing the number of private homes to 1,100.

Up to 15,000sqm of retail space would be included, with space for a new cinema complex on ground level to replace the existing Hollywood Cinema.

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Another 500sqm of floorspace to the west would be given over to house further commercial units such as a new doctor's surgery or artists workshops.

A new multi-storey car park would allow for 600 public spaces and 200 residential after the old car park is torn down.

Three new consultation events have now been drawn up.

Proposals submitted as part of the screening bid also floated the concept of a 25-storey tower block, alongside others reaching up to 14 storeys, in order to accommodate more than 1,000 flats.

Eric Kirk, chairman of the Magdalen Street Traders Association (MATA), said the plans had lent the area a new 'air of confidence'.

On Thursday March 30 and Friday March 31, the developers will be available at Unit 86, Magdalen Street, to discuss the plans.

They will also be there between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, April 1.

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