Housebuilder Weston Homes, together with landowner Columbia Threadneedle, has received a Resolution to Grant planning permission for their proposals to regenerate Anglia Square in Norwich
Norwich City Council has approved a Resolution to Grant planning permission for the regeneration plan for Anglia Square in central Norwich, so it can be transformed into a £300m mixed-use urban quarter.
Once a ‘Section 106’ legal agreement between the applicants and the council is completed, planning permission can be issued. The new development will cover more than 1.2 million sq ft, providing new homes, retail premises, leisure amenities, public artwork and new public realm.
One of the biggest urban renewal projects outside of Greater London, the redeveloped Anglia Square will deliver a series of striking buildings designed around two “Covent Garden style” landscaped plazas, linked by new high quality landscaped public spaces including pedestrian streets, offering cycle linkages across the site, complete with new trees and planted areas. There would also be extensive communal green squares and central courtyards for residents of the scheme.
The regenerated Anglia Square will create over 1,200 much needed new homes, including one and two bedroom apartments and penthouses for private sale, alongside 120 affordable homes for local households on lower incomes.
The proposals for Anglia Square will give Norwich a new northern city centre destination for shopping, leisure and entertainment, with high-quality retail floorspace allowing for 40 glass fronted retail units, including an anchor food store.
The new Anglia Square represents a substantial level of private sector investment into Norwich, with the mixture of uses generating new Council Tax revenue, new construction and permanent employment opportunities, and New Homes Bonus payments over four years.
Bob Weston, Chairman & Chief Executive of Weston Homes, said: “Anglia Square is a major £300m urban renewal project which will position Norwich for the future and provide a new mixed-use destination for the city.
“This is one of the biggest urban renewal projects outside of Greater London, bringing striking new buildings, ‘Covent Garden’ style public spaces, inward investment and job creation. The regenerated site will further enhance the local community and complement the existing city centre.”
Weston added: “We are delighted that the planning committee and the people and businesses of Norwich have embraced and supported our plans for Anglia Square. Weston Homes is one of the UK’s leading major housebuilders, with an impressive track record of 30 years standing and the financial stature to deliver on our consented proposals.”