City councillors will tomorrow be recommended to approve plans for the new £122m Asda development in Norwich.

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The city council planning committee will discuss the plans at its monthly meeting at City Hall – plans which were controversially rejected by the same committee in September.

Developers say as many as 400 jobs could be created if the plans for the former Bally Shoe factory site, near Tuckswood, are given the go-ahead.

The plans for the 5,796 sq m Asda superstore also include a gym, pub, community centre, 334-space car park and other shops at the derelict site on Hall Road.

The plans which will be discussed are identical to those which were rejected by the committee in September, when the application was refused by five votes to four, despite being recommended for approval.

The recommendation to grant the permission comes with conditions however.

Section 106 planning obligations are being recommended, including £915,800 transport contributions and a guarantee that the proposed community centre will be built.

To further strengthen the S106 conditions, the officers are also recommending the approval requires “phasing conditions” so that the site’s retail units, pub or restaurant building, gym, community centre and three of the four employment units are completed prior to the Asda superstore starting trading.

Summing up their recommendation, the officers cite concerns about the size of the superstore and its car park on what is supposed to become a “district centre”, as well as worries about the proposed removal of a group of protected trees and the lack of a Hall Road entrance to the site.

However, with the report also suggesting 300 “full-time equivalent” jobs could be created at the supermarket and an estimated further 125 across the rest of the development, the officers are again recommending the approval of the plans.

The report concludes: “This is a finely balanced decision and on balance it is considered that the economic and community benefits delivered by the proposal outweigh the shortfalls of the proposals.” - To find out the committee’s decision as it happens, follow our live coverage of the meeting at www.eveningnews24.co.uk

18 comments

  • Yes must happen,I agree 100%

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    foxey

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • What a surprise !!!.....we need houses not more Supermarkets

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • So the City Council have decided not to observe the rules. Are they turning into a Tory Council? They are good at ignoring the rules and regulations. The only people who want this development of an american supermarket are those who mistakenly believe that it will bring jobs (not it wont, it will take as many jobs from existing supermarkets as it will create) and are too bone idle to walk to the nearest supermarket from their usual position slumped on their sofas. At this rate we will have a supermarket in every single road in Norwich so that people don't have to walk more than 50 metres. Then we will need to build a cardiac unit on every single road to deal with the problems these people will bring upon themselves.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Jane Bradely only needs to press the button once, not twice when clicking submitt. Follish contrbutere. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Ingo, I walk past this derelict site twice a day and that me tell you that to breathe new life into the area is long overdue! Whether we like it or not, Norwich is expanding and the current Asda can't support the volumes of people who like to shop there. Yes, I know we have Tesco's too plus others but re-generation of this site will revamp an otherwise dormant area. We already have large retail brands in this location so this development will not be turning a 'unused' area into new brownfield sites. Lets embrace change let the big corporate companies fit for competition - it will be good for 'all of us' as customers!

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    Engle1970

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Engle - I know what you mean - I live down King St and there is dereliction all around. But, what you are implying is any development is better than none. Take it that development will happen. What opposition want is some control over the scale. This is to protect existing businesses like the Co-Op down the road.

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    oldowl

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Whiley Boy needs to learn how to spell, or the paper needs a good proof reader! It is extravagant and NOT extravigant. Also, equivalent and NOT equivilant.

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    Jane Bradley

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Ingo, I walk past this derelict site twice a day and that me tell you that to breathe new life into the area is long overdue! Whether we like it or not, Norwich is expanding and the current Asda can't support the volumes of people who like to shop there. Yes, I know we have Tesco's too plus others but re-generation of this site will revamp an otherwise dormant area. We already have large retail brands in this location so this development will not be turning a 'unused' area into new brownfield sites. Lets embrace change let the big corporate companies fit for competition - it will be good for 'all of us' as customers!

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    Engle1970

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Whiley Boy should learn how to spell, or rather the EDP needs a proof reader. Extravagant NOT extravigant if you please!

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    Jane Bradley

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Ingo, I walk past this derelict site twice a day and that me tell you that to breathe new life into the area is long overdue! Whether we like it or not, Norwich is expanding and the current Asda can't support the volumes of people who like to shop there. Yes, I know we have Tesco's too plus others but re-generation of this site will revamp an otherwise dormant area. We already have large retail brands in this location so this development will not be turning a 'unused' area into new brownfield sites. Lets embrace change let the big corporate companies fit for competition - it will be good for 'all of us' as customers!

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    Engle1970

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • The East of England Co-Op is exactly the kind of business that I like to support. Did you know you can become a member and share in the profits; that they have a regional investment fund supporting local businesses (capital to expand) and communities ( £30,000 to local neo-natal units this year).; that they encourage and supply local products. Asda Walmart do not encourage organised labour and have a poor history of employee relations. Consequently most people only work for them for an average of 6 months.

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    oldowl

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • I will never shop at that US supermarket chain again if they are allowed to breach the planning brief as they see fit. 'The vast majority of LOCAL people have never been asked, Engle 1970, but your cheque is in the post.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • ASDA, for me, is fast changing it's image. No longer is it viewed as the cheap, discounted alternative to an extravigant Sainsbury's or TESCO shop, but more of a place where one can get the leading brands for the equivilant price or a few pence cheaper. The current ASDA is over crowded and we need an alternative ASDA. Personally, I shop at Iceland, but I could be tempted to switch aliegance if the second ASDA opens and reduces crowding. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • That site is historically an employment site, so the proposed development is very welcome. Dont see why we should be worrying about protecting the local coop. They are part of an enormous business with the same aims as Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury, etc. ie making money. As for putting housing there, the local councils have already identified many alternative sites. But hey, people like Ingo will object to whatever is proposed.

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    Abraham

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Common sense MUST prevail - this MUST happen - the vast majority of LOCAL people want this - go ASDA go........

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    Engle1970

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Apologies - internet connection issues!!

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    Engle1970

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • We need the jobs in our area. Not sure a pub in a supermarket is a good idea though.

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    skeeler

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Jane Bradely only needs to press the button once, not twice when clicking submitt. Follish contrbutere. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

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