Further talks as Norwich Anglia Square revamp bid heads to next stage

The design for the new homes in Anglia Square

The design for the new homes in Anglia Square - Credit: Archant

Developers behind ambitious proposals to revamp Anglia Square have said they will start drawing up solid plans for the site within weeks.

Columbia Threadneedle and Weston Homes revealed last year that they were looking to revamp the Norwich shopping centre, with 'emerging proposals' including:

The demolition of the current Anglia Square, the former stationery office Sovereign House and Gildengate House;

More than 1,000 homes, to be built above new shop units and a new public square;

A new multi-storey car park;

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The replacement of the existing cinema with a new one at ground level;

Better links across the site, to open up entry from other directions

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The developers held three days of public exhibitions last month and said more than 350 people had attended, with about 140 providing comments.

Richard Kuyper, from Weston Homes, said the principle of redevelopment had been 'overwhelmingly welcomed'.

He said: 'We are currently in the process of reviewing the responses with the project team, and have meetings programmed with Norwich City Council over the next few weeks where we will work up the proposals into a specific scheme, taking into account the comments given at the consultation, as well as those of the council and its own advisers.

'The next stage is for the more detailed scheme that is currently being prepared from the initial concepts which formed the basis for the December consultation to be presented for further reaction.

'At that stage, comments will still be considered and changes can be made prior to finalising the planning application proposal.

'The dates for the next consultation will be set once the scheme, taking into consideration the comments made at the first consultation, has been sufficiently worked up to enable a meaningful consultation to take place.'

A planning application will then be submitted.

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