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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Plans for a new £7m multi-storey car park in the centre of Norwich are being drawn up and will be submitted within weeks, council bosses have revealed.
Norwich City Council announced last year that it wanted to build a new 600-space decked car park on the corner of Mountergate and Rose Lane.
The council wants to do that so the current surface car park there can make way for up to a 100 homes.
The council hopes that will help to kick-start the long hoped-for regeneration of the King Street area of Norwich.
The council’s plan is that the new car park, for which £7m has been set aside in this year’s City Hall budget, is built first, with the 200-space Rose Lane surface car park still used until the replacement is completed.
After that, housing will be built on the existing car park, with up to 100 homes built. The city council will build those homes, which could cost up to £10m.
About 30 of those homes would be affordable homes but the others will be private, with the council able to sell or rent them, generating money for the authority.
A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council the plans were being worked on and were likely to go before the authority’s planning committee in October.
She said the public would get a chance to comment on the proposals ahead of a decision by councillors.
In 2012, David Lock Associates was commissioned by the council and the Homes and Communities Agency to draw up a blueprint for potential future development in the King Street area.
The Homes and Communities Agency would work alongside the council to bring forward the proposals for the housing and possible commercial development.
Green Party councillors have previously questioned whether the creation of more car parking spaces runs counter to the council’s own policies.
When the council’s budget was discussed in February, they had tabled an amendment calling for the £7m car park plan to be ditched, but their bid was lost.
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