80 names on planning row petition in Norwich

A row has broken out over the proposed redevelopment of a Norwich permit zone car park – and more than 80 names have been collected on a petition opposed to it.

Orwell Housing Association has applied to build four two-bedroom flats on the corner of Douro Place in Wymer Street, off Heigham Road.

But residents have called for the application to be withdrawn and have held several meetings to plan their course of action.

Opponents say the plans are based on the mistaken belief that the Wymer Street permit zone car park site is 'under-used', while the parking spaces are, in fact, well-used.

They also claim the site is unsuitable and that any development would have a negative impact on the community.

Heather Reeves, one of the objectors, said: 'If this proposal were to be implemented, the impact upon the existing community and upon tenants of the proposed flats would be negative and would dislocate the workings of an inner city community which works well and has no dedicated amenity space of its own.

'Consequently, there is unanimous opposition to this proposal within Wymer Street and the adjoining sections of Heigham Road and Dereham Road.

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'Residents of Douro Place are also concerned about the impact of the suggestion that Douro Place could be used as alternative parking for Wymer Street residents.'

Residents also claim Orwell has failed to consult appropriately with the community before making its application to the council's planning committee.

Paul Kingston, director of housing and care services at Orwell Housing Association, said: 'The city council made the decision to redevelop various parking areas in the city.

'We are happy to work with the city and the community to reach a solution that works for all.

'There has been some controversy about this application and I'm sure it's something the city council will take into consideration.'

Norwich heritage group, the Norwich Society is also objecting to the plans, and claims the style of the proposed flats is not in keeping with the street.

The application will be discussed by the council's planning committee at a later date.

Are you fighting to stop a planning application? Call David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk.