Late changes could be made to help get green light for Anglia Square revamp

PUBLISHED: 09:32 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:25 17 July 2018

A CGI image showing what Anglia Square could look like. Picture: Weston Homes

A CGI image showing what Anglia Square could look like. Picture: Weston Homes

Weston Homes

Late changes could be made to the revamp of Norwich’s Anglia Square, with council bosses and developers in talks aimed at increasing the project’s chances of being granted planning permission.

Housebuilder Weston Homes, along with landowner Columbia Threadneedle, are seeking permission from Norwich City Council for the transformation of the shopping complex.

It would include up to 1,250 new homes, a 25-storey tower, dozens of shops, a 200-bed hotel, 600-space car park and pedestrianised areas.

Consultation closed in May, with more than 350 comments lodged, many from members of the public objecting to the scale.

Historic England objected, saying three large blocks of up to 12 storeys and the 25-storey tower would be at odds with Norwich’s “unique heritage” and the Council for British Archaeology raised similar concerns.

The developers have said regeneration would transform the area and enhance the community.

They say the proposals are the result of two years of discussion with the city council and the tower is a “strong visual counterpoint” to Norwich’s landmarks.

But it is understood that the developers and the council are still in talks over possible revisions to the application, which could yet mean further consultation has to be carried out before a decision can be made.

A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council said: “In the case of Anglia Square, like with any other large-scale development, we have a legal obligation to work positively with developers to help resolve any issues highlighted with planning applications.

“As a result of feedback from a consultation exercise, if a developer would like to introduce revisions to an original planning application we will work with them on this.

“If amendments are significant it would need to go back out for consultation again before being determined by the planning applications committee.”

A spokesman for the developers said, as a result of the public consultation, Weston Homes and Columbia Threadneedle had been talking to their architects about possible changes.

They said: “They are aiming to submit any revisions by the end of July. Changes to the planning application will then be subject to further consultation.”

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