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Anglia Square development decision to be made by planning committee after full council motion is voted down

PUBLISHED: 08:24 27 June 2018

How Anglia Square could look once the redevelopment is complete. Photo: Weston Homes

How Anglia Square could look once the redevelopment is complete. Photo: Weston Homes

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A bid to put the destiny of Anglia Square's long-awaited regeneration in the hands of the full city council has fallen at the first hurdle.

A motion to give the final say over the plans to the full Norwich City Council was brought to that very committee by members of the city’s Liberal Democrat Group.

Proposed by councillor for the Eaton ward Judith Lubbock, the bid aimed for final decision on the plans to be voted on by all 39 members of the council - rather than the 13 members of its planning committee.

Mrs Lubbock said: “Anglia Square is such a significant part of the city and the proposed development will have such an impact on the city. I believe all councillors should receive all the evidence either for or against the development and be able to make their own minds up.”

In response, Labour councillor Mike Stonard said carrying the motion could set “a dangerous precedent” for future projects.

He said: “Doing this would undermine the authority and the credibility of our planning committee.”

Supporting the motion, Green councillor Denise Carlo said this approach had been previously taken when deciding on whether to build the Castle Mall shopping centre without realising Mr Stonard’s fears.

James Wright, Norwich Lib Dem group leader, seconding the motion, added that the approach had also been effectively used in Islington, London, when deciding on Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium.

After Labour councillors successfully motioned to cut the debate short, the suggestion was overwhelmingly voted against.

The most recent vision for Anglia Square was unveiled by Weston Homes in March, which controversially includes a 25 storey block of flats.

It would include up to 1,250 new homes, dozens of shops, a 200-bed hotel, a 600-space car park and pedestrianised areas.

The plans have proved controversial, with a consultation into it receiving more than 370 comments, with 300 objections from members of the public.

The application also received 41 comments from members of the public supporting it.

As it stands, a date has not been set for the application to go to committee for decision.

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