New Betfred and mystery takeaway proposed for same retail parade

One of the empty units on Plumstead Road. Picture: Andrew Fitchett

One of the empty units on Plumstead Road. Picture: Andrew Fitchett - Credit: Andrew Fitchett

The futures of two empty units on a parade of shops on the outskirts of Norwich are close to being sealed - though mystery shrouds exactly what one will be.

The empty shop that use to be a Norwich & Peterborough Building Society branch. Picture: Andrew Fitc

The empty shop that use to be a Norwich & Peterborough Building Society branch. Picture: Andrew Fitchett - Credit: Andrew Fitchett

Norwich City Council has received planning applications for two units in Plumstead Road.

The future of one of the empty units in the parade is clearer, with an application submitted on behalf of bookmakers Betfred.

If the application is approved, it would see the shop relocating from its current location - just doors down - into the former Norwich and Peterborough building society, which has been empty since October 2017.

The application's planning statement says this premises would better suit Betfred's business needs.


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It says: 'The agents advice that until recently, the parade suffered from five vacant shops and it is important that good pedestrian flow is maintained along the parade to assist the viability of the other units.'

The report also states that the betting shop 'would act as a complementary use to the main retail function of the parade'.

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Another application for the second unit is solely to change the purpose of the building to a takeaway and install an extraction fan.

However Ian Thorburn Commercial, the surveyor which has submitted the application on behalf of the potential new takeaway, said confidentiality arrangements meant it was unable to disclose what business is aiming to move in.

The unit was formerly occupied by Digital Phone Company.

Mr Thorburn said: 'All I am able to say at this time is that the application is to change the purpose of the unit, but if all goes to plan it will become a takeaway.'

The parade currently already has one takeaway - a Domino's Pizza - as well as various shops, including an East Anglia's Children's Hospices charity store and an ironmonger.

The proposed takeaway would go into the vacant unit in between Archer's Butchers and The Hair Salon.

The city council is due to decide on the betting application on June 8, while the takeaway application is due for a decision in July.

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