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Refusal of supermarket plans for Rush Lighting site in Sprowston Road, Norwich appealed against

PUBLISHED: 08:40 27 January 2014

The site, currently Rush lighting. Photo: Steve Adams

The site, currently Rush lighting. Photo: Steve Adams

People living near the site of a proposed new supermarket in north Norwich are fighting an appeal against the city council’s decision to refuse it planning permission.

Plans for a new Sainsbury’s Local convenience store at the junction of four roads in Sprowston Road, plus the demolition of the existing business and erection of two new flats, were turned down by city councillors last June.

The reason for refusal was that a store on the Rush Lighting site would have a detrimental effect on the amenity of people in Gertrude Road and the surrounding area.

Roger Rush, who owns the building, has appealed that decision on the grounds that the site is in a defined local centre, and that the “proposed site access, servicing and parking arrangements or the movement of people will not have a significant adverse impact on the amenity of neighbouring residents.”

However, residents and city councillors for Sewell ward are fighting the appeal.

Ward councillors Julie Brociek-Coulton and Kevin Barker said in a joint statement: “We are very concerned about the impact of more traffic on this area of Gertrude Road.

“Gertrude Road is very busy and is always full of residents’ cars and we would be concerned about more cars being forced to use this road especially with a new ATM there as well.

“This junction has Lawson Road, Gertrude Road and Silver Road coming onto it and is not a safe junction even without a store being put into the equation.”

One resident, who did not wish to be named, added: “I sincerely hope the planning inspector considering this appeal takes into account the fears and concerns not only of the local residents but also our councillors who originally turned down this application, and reject the appeal as being detrimental to the well-being of residents, their environment and small, long-standing independent businesses.”

Since the original application, a new Aldi store has opened in Sprowston Road, about half a mile to the east of the proposed development, and there has been a subsequent increase in traffic.

As reported, the original plans for the Sainsbury’s store last year were recommended for approval by officers.

• Would you like to see a new Sainsbury’s store on the site? Write to Norwich Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email

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