Anger over bids to build homes on Norwich garage sites

Photo: Nick Butcher.

Photo: Nick Butcher. - Credit: EDP pics © 2007

Decisions will be made this week over plans to knock down people's garages in order to build new homes, with angry residents urging councillors to turn down the proposals.

Housing provider Orwell Housing Association has asked Norwich City Council for permission to knock down the council-owned garages in Thurling Plain, Heartsease and at Hanover Road, off Newmarket Road, in Norwich.

The applications are among a string of garage sites across the city which are being turned into homes, but people living nearby have objected to the plans.

At Thurling Plain, there have been six objections to proposals which would see a 32-garage site and surface parking for 20 cars disappear to make way for four two-bed homes and five one-bed homes.

And there have been 18 objections to the proposals for Hanover Road, where the block of a dozen garages and permit parking spaces for 29 cars would vanish, once again for four two-bed homes and five one-bed homes.

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Objectors raised concerns, including over the impact on parking and the detrimental effects on neighbouring properties.

David Bland, who lives in Thurling Plain, objected, writing: 'What about all that land on Barrack Street that has now stood empty for years and years? This would be far more appropriate then what is being proposed.'

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But officers at City Hall are recommending the planning committee approves the plans this Thursday.

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