Will work finally start to build hundreds of new homes in Norwich in 2018?

An aerial overview of how the Deal Ground site could look. Pic: Norwich City Council.

An aerial overview of how the Deal Ground site could look. Pic: Norwich City Council. - Credit: Norwich City Council

Will this be the year when work finally begins on a number of stalled Norwich schemes where several hundred new homes are planned?

Changes have been made to an application to revamp Norwich's Anglia Square, which includes 1,350 new homes, but there are a number of other developments in the pipeline around the city.

One of the biggest is the Deal Ground, near Trowse, which was given outline permission for up to 670 homes way back in 2013. Work has yet to start on the £110m scheme and Norwich City Council has sought a £10m government boost to kick-start the project.

Permission is being sought to build just over 150 homes, along with offices, an art gallery, hotel and restaurant at the St Mary's Works site off Duke Street.

Plans were originally lodged with City Hall in 2016, but London-based developer The Shoe Quarter lodged revised plans in November.


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Just up the road, work has yet to start on Duke's Wharf, the former Eastern Electricity Board site which has been vacant, except for use as a car park, since 1999.

Permission for a comprehensive £30m revamp, including more than 150 homes was given in 2014, but work has yet to commence.

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Duke Street is something of a hotbed for development at the moment. City councillors will, in the months ahead, make decisions over turning St Crispins House into a 614 student bedroom complex and allowing the car park next to the Premier Inn to become student accommodation.

More than a year and a half has now passed since outline permission to Jarrold St James Ltd was re-granted for 200 homes on land at Barrack Street - part of the larger St James development on the company's former printworks site.

Planning permission was granted in 2007 for a £50m development.

Some offices were built and a bridge installed over the river, but a slowdown in the housing market meant the homes, for which separate planning permission was granted in 2013, had not been constructed.

The time limit for work to start was running out, so it had to be granted again and was passed in August 2016.

But there are sites where work is happening including at Bowthorpe Three Score, where 172 homes are being built and, at Greyhound Opening, where more than 100 homes are taking shape.

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