City folk have voiced their opposition to "dangerous" plans for 14 new homes at the site of a former car dealership.

If approved, eight three-bed townhouses and six one-bed flats would be constructed at 457-465 Dereham Road, close to the Sweet Briar roundabout.

The plot had previously been occupied by Norwich Car Sales but a hand car wash and valeting centre has been based on the site since 2021.

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"I feel that this is over-development for such a small parcel of land," one homeowner said in a letter to the city council.

"I also do not see the communal parking provision marked on the plan. 

"If there is not sufficient parking on site for residents, where will the 'overflow' be? 

"Kerbside parking is not only dangerous. It may block other residents' access

Norwich Evening News: The plans submitted for the developmentThe plans submitted for the development (Image: Norwich City Council)

The plans would see five of the new townhouses established facing Dereham Road, while the remaining three would be constructed further back.

The six flats would be developed over three stories to the rear of these properties.

"Dereham Road is very busy at most times and the bus lane is directly outside the plot," said one other homeowner.

"There is no parking on Dereham Road and the roads and surrounding streets are already at full capacity.

"The houses in Hellesdon Road, behind the plot, are also much lower. 

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"The block of flats at three floors would entirely destroy [our privacy], both in our gardens and inside our homes."

It is understood existing vehicular access to the site from Dereham Road would be maintained - despite motorists having to cross a well-used bus lane.

A planning statement for the project reads: "Development within, over or adjacent to spaces or streets that form part of the public realm will ensure that adequate clearance either below or around the structure is available to allow the safe passage of pedestrians, cyclists and, where appropriate, vehicles."

Norwich City Council aims to make a decision on the plans by October 17.