Plans to open a new cafe on the outskirts of Norwich have been criticised due to "nightmare" parking problems on surrounding roads.

The cafe would open in the Astley & Co Estate Agents shop in the parade of shops in Wroxham Road, Sprowston but has faced opposition from the town council and those living nearby who say the road is already clogged up with parked cars.

In April a woman living in the road said she has become trapped in her home by dental patients parking in and around her driveway, while problem parkers shopping at Tesco have prompted calls for double yellow lines on the road.

Now Sprowston Town Council is objecting to the new business, in the former Bateman's Carpets shop between Tesco and Golden Plaice Fish Bar, saying the parking situation is "challenging enough as it is".

Norwich Evening News: The new cafe will open next-door to the Golden Plaice Fish BarThe new cafe will open next-door to the Golden Plaice Fish Bar (Image: Newsquest)

A statement released by the council read: "The one-way system initiated to improve safety is often ignored and this proposal will increase traffic movements and demand for additional parking for both visitors and staff.

"Deliveries to a coffee shop are likely to be more frequent than the current estate agents further exacerbating congestion and risk to pedestrians."

Norwich Evening News: People living in Wroxham Road say it has had a number of recent parking issuesPeople living in Wroxham Road say it has had a number of recent parking issues (Image: Denise Bradley)

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A response from the applicant said extra traffic currently at the site was due to tradespeople working at the site but did not make reference to existing parking issues.

The council added that it felt toilet facilities were "not easily accessible" for the disabled.

It has also seen eight public objections all raising concerns over road safety.

Norwich Evening News: Wroxham Road is often clogged with parked carsWroxham Road is often clogged with parked cars (Image: Newsquest)

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One commenter said: "It's extremely dangerous, parking is a complete nightmare.

"It is dangerous for those living opposite and the junction.

"Creating a coffee shop here would result in further serious traffic issues and make the highway dangerous."

Broadland District Council's environmental team have also objected to the cafe over fumes being extracted from the rear of the property, but the applicant has now submitted further details on its extraction plan.

It is understood the estate agents will move to the rear of the premises while the cafe will open in the front.

Those wishing to comment on the application have until August 1, while it is hoped a decision will be reached by August 7.