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More than 200 homes could finally be built on derelict Norwich city centre site - after almost a decade

PUBLISHED: 13:15 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:16 11 June 2018

Land off Barrack Street, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Land off Barrack Street, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

More than 200 homes could finally be built on a city centre site which has stood empty for almost a decade.

The flats in Barrack Street which were demolished. 
Photo : Steve Adams
.The flats in Barrack Street which were demolished. Photo : Steve Adams .

Plans for the homes, on part of the former Jarrold printworks site, at Barrack Street in Norwich, are on the brink of being lodged.

Permission for a £50m scheme, including 200 homes, a 60-bedroom hotel and offices, was granted to Jarrold in 2007.

At the time, the scheme was hailed by Jarrold chairman David Hill as “an exciting development for Norwich city centre, which can act as a catalyst for regeneration of the whole area.”

However, while some offices and a bridge over the river were built, a slowdown in the housing market meant the homes were not built.

Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council cabinet member for sustainable and inclusive growth. Pic: Sid Frisby.Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council cabinet member for sustainable and inclusive growth. Pic: Sid Frisby.

But Essex-based housebuilder Hill are about to submit proposals for 216 homes and 450 square metres of commercial floorspace and will give city councillors a preview of their plans this week.

A spokeswoman for Hill said: “We are looking forward to presenting and discussing our proposal with Norwich City Council committee members later this week.

“Barrack Street is an undeveloped site, which offers an opportunity to bring forward a new development that will deliver high quality housing to Norwich.

“We are committed to securing planning consent on this site for 216 new homes, comprising one, two and three bedroom apartments and two and three bedroom townhouses, alongside new commercial space that will bring sought-after amenities to the area.

“Valuable heritage assets, such as the City Wall, St James Mill and listed cottages, all sit within close proximity to the proposed development and so careful attention will paid to preserving these historic local landmarks.”

Hill acquired the site in December last year and say plans will be lodged in the coming months.

Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council cabinet member for sustainable and inclusive growth, said: “This is a key city centre site and we will be interested to see the details of the application.”

There was controversy before the scheme was first agreed. Ahead of permission being granted, the council agreed to sell its freehold interest in flats next to the site in Barrack Street.

Some tenants said they did not want to leave the 1930s flats, but they were re-homed and the properties demolished.

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