Street fountains, a speedway stadium, affordable housing or a nuclear reactor - public suggest options for Norwich’s Anglia Square

The design for the new homes in Anglia Square

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

Street fountains, a nature reserve, affordable housing, shops, a speedway stadium – those are some of the suggestions for what should happen at Anglia Square.

Ambitious proposals to revamp Anglia Square, including demolishing the current shopping complex and building more than a thousand homes above new shops and restaurants, are in the pipeline.

The owners of the shopping centre are about to start consultation over their 'emerging proposals' for the shopping centre and are keen to hear what the public has to say.

The blueprint so far includes:

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

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? 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 to the complex from other directions

Peter Luder, head of planning at Weston Homes, which is looking to develop the site with owners Columbia Threadneedle, said: 'This is the first stage of an extremely comprehensive three stage public consultation exercise regarding the creation of a shared vision for the future of Anglia Square in Norwich.

'This first stage will focus on gathering local people's ideas and aspirations for the site prior to proposals being progressed in detail. This involves consultation with councillors, local traders and other key stakeholders.

'The second stage of consultation is planned in early 2017, when initial draft proposals will be shared with the same stakeholders and the public, with two weeks for feedback.

'The third consultation comprises the sharing of more detailed proposals, prior to a planning application being submitted. This third stage is planned for spring 2017. The partners envisage the proposals becoming more detailed at each stage, as they receive feedback from local people.'

While our readers' suggestions range from wanting better shops and affordable housing to more outlandish suggestions such as a speedway stadium, civic watchdog The Norwich Society has called for a bold approach.

John Litster, administrator for the society, said: 'The Norwich Society welcomes initiatives to regenerate the area around Anglia Square, but firmly believes that they should be part of a wider strategy to re-invigorate and re-integrate that part of the city, taking in a much wider area.

'This is also a tremendous opportunity to dismantle the unnatural barrier which is the Magdalen Street flyover, freeing land alongside it for productive development to self-fund the demolition costs.

'Adjacent vacant land would be used for traffic while the flyover was being demolished, and that project would allow a radical change to the movement of people and vehicles around and through that part of Norwich. That could include the pedestrianisation of Magdalen Street, which would greatly enhance it as a shopping destination.'

What do you want to see happen? Write, giving full contact details to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email

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