Bid to build more than 250 student flats on Norwich car park sparks more than 50 objections

An image of how the development in the Sentinel House car park could look. Pic: Lanpro.

An image of how the development in the Sentinel House car park could look. Pic: Lanpro. - Credit: Lanpro

Revived proposals to build student flats on a Norwich car park have sparked more than 50 objections.

Norwich city councillors turned down plans for more than 280 student flats on the car park in Surrey Street before Christmas, with people living in nearby Carlton Terrace fearing the development would dwarf and overshadow their homes.

In March, developers SCY Student Accommodation Ltd submitted a revised bid for the site, which used to be the car park for Aviva workers at Sentinel House, which is itself being converted into apartments.

The number of flats has been cut to 252, while the heights of part of the proposed development has been reduced.

The height of the Queens Road/Sentinel House corner has been reduced from eight storeys to seven storeys, while another section has been reduced by a storey.

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The two roof terraces have been removed to address concerns over the potential for noise from students, while angled windows are now included.

The applicant's agent Lanpro said the revised scheme had been prepared to address the reasons the plan was previously rejected.

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But neighbours who opposed the previous application are urging city councillors to reject the revised bid, with civic watchdog The Norwich Society and Broadland Housing Association, which owns Carlton Terrace, also objecting.

Ed Mumford-Smith, head of development at Broadland Housing Association said of revisions to one proposed wing: 'This feels a further token reduction to an already discredited design, rather than the fresh review we believe is needed to mitigate reasons for refusal.'

Neighbours, including the Carlton Residents Action Group, have objected, expressing their disappointment at the revised design, which they say will still be overbearing.

They also say the council needs to assess the need for student accommodation in the city centre, with concerns over 'studentification'.

The Norwich Society said: 'This is insensitive and over development of this important site with a minimum of green space. It will dominate visually the existing listed terrace.'

A decision will be taken by City Hall's planning committee in due course.

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