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Bid for 300 student flats on Norwich city car park presented to council

PUBLISHED: 15:14 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 12 July 2018

A sketch of what the development at the Barn Road car park could look like. Pic: Alumno Group.

A sketch of what the development at the Barn Road car park could look like. Pic: Alumno Group.

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Developers who want to build a high-rise student development on top of a Norwich city centre car park have presented their ideas to councillors.

The Barn Road car park, where accommodation for 300 students could be built. Pic: Archant.The Barn Road car park, where accommodation for 300 students could be built. Pic: Archant.

Alumno Developments is looking to submit plans for 300 student flats at the Barn Road car park at the bottom of Grapes Hill.

They showed members of Norwich City Council’s planning committee their ideas at a meeting today, in advance of a full application being lodged.

The development, known as Mulberry Yard, would be built on top of the city council’s Barn Road car park. The car park would remain and still be run by the council.

Alumno confirmed at the meeting that, if permission is granted, they would pay a sum of money to the council to compensate them for income lost while the car park is out of action during construction work.

The London-based company is also behind the student housing for Norwich University of the Arts students built near Norwich bus station and the under-construction Pablo Fanque House for University of East Anglia students in All Saints Green.

Bosses at Alumno said the flats would make use of an “underutilised” city centre site and would help meet the need for student homes.

David Campbell, managing director at Alumno, said: “This project will redevelop an important entry point to the city centre, re-provide and modernise the existing parking capacity, whilst at the same time providing state of the art modern accommodation for students studying in Norwich.

“Students form an increasingly important part of the fabric and diverse nature of the community in Norwich, and with this development we hope to continue to contribute to that rich vibrancy whilst supporting the local economy.”

Consultation is under way at www.mulberry-yard.co.uk

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