New restaurant could be heading to Norwich city centre

A restaurant and karaoke bar could be headed to Gentleman's Walk in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith A restaurant and karaoke bar could be headed to Gentleman's Walk in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Thursday, January 2, 2014
9:10 AM

A new restaurant and karaoke bar in the heart of Norwich city centre look set to be given the green light, but an objection by police is likely to limit the opening hours.

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Jeeves Investment Ltd is seeking permission to convert the upper floors of a building in Gentleman’s Walk – above H Samuel and the Hotter Comfort Concept shoe shop and currently vacant offices – into a restaurant and karaoke bar.

Norwich City Council’s planning committee is due to make a decision on whether to allow permission when it meets a week today.

But, with the applicant proposing opening times of midday to 2am Monday to Thursday and from midday to 2.30am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, that has sparked an objection from Norfolk Constabulary.

The police say the building is outside of the city centre’s specified late-night activity zone and no premises beyond that area should be allowed to open beyond midnight unless it can be “clearly demonstrated” that there is no detrimental impact on the living conditions of people living nearby or that there is no potential threat of crime and disorder to the public.

In her report to councillors, planning officer Caroline Dodden, recommends that members of the planning committee give planning permission to the scheme, but with controls on opening times.

She wrote: “It is considered that the information submitted to support the planning application does not adequately demonstrate or justify 
the operation of the premises, 
which does not fall within the 
late-night activity zone, beyond midnight.

“Consequently, if approved, it is proposed to attach a condition requiring the property to be closed between 12.01am and 7am on any day.”

And she concluded: “Overall, it is considered that the proposed use as a restaurant and karaoke bar would bring beneficial activity back to the upper floors of 13-14 Gentleman’s Walk, which would enhance the vitality and vibrancy of this part of the city centre, particularly in the evenings when the area is generally much quieter.”

The application does not state what the new restaurant would be.

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8 comments

  • A karaoke bar ? Just what Gentlemans Walk needs. Isn't it bad enough that Prince of Wales Road, once one of the finest streets in Norwich has been destroyed. A restaurant yes but isn't Karaoke old hat . Listening to people singing off key for hours is surely of the bygone age. And wouldn't it be great to have drunks staggering around in the area all days of the week. What a good idea. No doubt the City fathers will agree to this request. they usually do when commerce and finance is involved.

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    norman hall

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • My guess would be "stairs", but I'm prepared to consider other options.

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    Capac Raimi

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • A karaoke bar ? Just what Gentlemans Walk needs. Isn't it bad enough that Prince of Wales Road, once one of the finest streets in Norwich has been destroyed. A restaurant yes but isn't Karaoke old hat . Listening to people singing off key for hours is surely of the bygone age.

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    norman hall

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • This place has been empty for years,and was once a Lyons Restaurant with the entrance from the Lyons Pastry Shop ,now Hotters,so how access will be achieved for the upper floors is a difficulty .To see this builing put to use should be welcomed !

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I agree with Albert to see this building put to use as a restaurant should be welcomed ! But may the good Lord safe us from Karaoke.

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    Rorping

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I understand your sarcasm Capac,but the only exit is into the side alleyway,and together with the problem of an alternative Fire Escape,result in a difficult problem to solve.I know as my both me and my brother once tried to open a Jazz Club in these premeses

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Typo :- I agree with Albert to see this building put to use as a restaurant should be welcomed ! But may the good Lord save us from Karaoke.

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    Rorping

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Wasn't there a restaurant there in the late 70s early 80s

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    PINKDEADHUNTER

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

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