Plans to demolish former Norwich ironmongers’ shop and build takeaway in it place

The former Burrell's shop on Unthank Road. Photo: Steve Adams

The former Burrell's shop on Unthank Road. Photo: Steve Adams

A former ironmongers' shop in the Golden Triangle could be turned into a hot food takeaway with bedsits above it.

The Burrell's site in Unthank Road, Norwich, has been empty since 2008 and planning permission for its demolition was approved in 2014.

However fresh plans have been lodged by applicant Yahui Liu of Poringland to demolish the former shop building, retain the workshop building and build a new two-storey building to include a hot food takeaway and a four-bedroom dwelling above it.

A single objection to the application had been posted on Norwich City Council's planning pages at the time of going to print.

Residents Mr and Mrs Coates, of Unthank Road, noted: 'There are already enough food outlets, cafes and takeaways on Unthank Road.

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'More would be inappropriate and superfluous.

'Together with a first floor dwelling they would also add to increasing traffic and parking problems in the immediate area.'

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Transport officers at the city council said parking spaces should not be added to the front of the building as it was too near to a pedestrian crossing.

They called for bollards to be installed around the edge of the private boundary to prevent parking, and noted only the busines premises would be eligible for parking permits.

Applicants said the frontage would be of a traditional appearance with large windows.

They added the building was not listed.

Denise Carlo, city councillor for Nelson ward, said it was sad to see the building standing empty and she hoped the traditional frontage could be retained.

The application will be decided by the city council's planning committee at a meeting on Thursday, July 14.

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