The demolition of a city centre office block could begin next month, officials have revealed.

Victoria House in Queens Road, which was once home to the Marsh and Sedgwick insurance companies, has stood empty since the start of last year.

However, developers announced plans to redevelop the site in June.

Norwich City Council officials have now revealed they hope to reach a decision on plans by the end of the month.

It is understood the council has no power to stop the demolition but can make changes to the way work takes place.

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A city council spokeswoman said: "Officers are still discussing various details with the applicant and consultees, including tree protection and method of demolition.

"We hope to be able to conclude these matters and issue a decision within the next month."

Under planning legislation, it is thought developers will be required to make at least part of the redevelopment office space.

Following a short consultation on the plans, criticised by Labour county councillor Emma Corlett as "leaving residents with very little say", Norfolk County Council's environmental team has demanded developers communicate with those living nearby.

The response, written by environmental protection officer Richard Divey, outlined a number of steps he felt developers should follow including "communication with neighbours before and during works".

It also stated that those living nearby should be made aware of contact details for demolition workers so they can raise concerns and issues.

It comes after plans were heavily criticised by public commenters who were concerned about potential environmental damage caused by the work.

The site has a vibrant past having previously been the site of the Norwich Victoria Station and hosting Pablo Fanque's circus during the 1800s.

Marsh has now moved to the Broadland Business Park after more than 50 years at the site.

Lanpro, the agent representing site owner Norwich Victoria Ltd, has been contacted for comment.