City council gets ready to fight Norwich bar appeal
Norwich City Council has agreed to write to a planning inspector giving the reasons why it turned down permission for a former shop to become a bar.
An appeal has been launched against the planning committee's decision last summer to refuse permission for Norwich-based Global Binding Engineers to transform the former Country and Eastern shop in Redwell Street.
City Hall officers had recommended the council's planning committee grant permission, but at a meeting last August the committee went against that advice to turn down the scheme.
A number of reasons were given for refusal. One was that the building is in a conservation area and a bar would change the character of an area predominantly made up of offices and homes, with little night-time activity.
Councillors also raised concerns that the lack of a smoking shelter would see people gathering outside the venue, to the detriment of people living nearby and compromising highway safety.
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They were also unhappy over arrangements for bins, servicing and access, while they said they did not have enough information to make a judgment on soundproofing.
The council's planning committee agreed on Thursday to submit a statement of case to the planning inspectorate.
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The planning inspector will make a decision after studying the written submissions of both parties involved.