Computer problems trigger extended deadline for people to have say on Anglia Square
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The deadline for people to have their say on the proposals to revamp Norwich's Anglia Square has been extended - because computer problems meant people were not able to contribute their views.
Housebuilder Weston Homes, along with landowner Columbia Threadneedle, have lodged plans with Norwich City Council for the ambitious revamp.
It would include up to 1,250 new homes, a 25-storey tower, dozens of shops, a 200-bed hotel, 600-space car park and pedestrianised areas.
The project would see a minimum of 120 affordable homes, plus a £2.5m new base for Surrey Chapel, which would be demolished.
Norwich City Council's planning committee will, ultimately, make the decision on whether the scheme should get the green light.
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As part of the planning process, people have the opportunity to comment on the application, via the city council's website and more than a hundred comments have been lodged.
However, some people have reported that they were unable to leave a comment, as they had difficulties creating an account to enable them to submit their views.
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While the problem has now been resolved, the city council has extended the deadline for comments from tomorrow to Monday, May 14
Council officers said if people are still unable to submit their comments through the website, they can email their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
The developers have said the proposals are the result of two years of extensive discussion with the city council and that the regeneration would transform the area and enhance the local community.
But the proposals have also attracted controversy.
Of the 112 public comments received, 92 object to the plans, while 16 are in support.
The proposal for a 25-storey tower has proved particularly contentious.
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) has written to the council saying the tower would be better suited to the London Docklands.
And the Dean of Norwich and the Chapter of Norwich Cathedral have said the proposal 'would create a zone of bland, cloned buildings that speak of any place and no place, but certainly not Norwich.'