The Norwich Society

Future Norwich Anglia Square

Anglia Square

Updated, May 2022

The Norwich Society shares the City Council’s desire to see a final and successful resolution to the Anglia Square issue. Our aim is not to oppose for opposition’s sake or to seek repeated call-ins and public inquiries.

Looking back over the length of the pre-application process, we must commend the applicants on their willingness to engage with the community and at the resources and efforts they have dedicated to the task. There are numerous instances where the architects have picked up on specific community ideas and made detailed amendments to their plans. However, the essence of the development proposals before us is the same as that which was first publicly aired last autumn. The Norwich Society therefore formally objects to the latest planning application (22/00434/F) and believes that, if the application is determined in its present form, it should be refused permission.

The Society believes that the proposed development pays insufficient regard to the character and appearance of the Norwich City Centre Conservation Area and to the important heritage assets in the vicinity. As things stand, the development will cause significant harm to heritage interests because of its heights, massing and layout. The Norwich Society also believes that the development would not provide the standard of residential environment that should be expected of such an important site, due to its high density and the layout and orientation of the units proposed.

In our judgement, significant amendments will be needed before planning permission can be granted. Nevertheless, the Norwich Society remains keen to work with the City Council, the developer and the Anglia Square community to help solve the challenges that remain.

Our full comments can be read in the New Anglia Square Proposals Response, May 2022 document.

A Guide to Navigating the Anglia Square Application Documents

For many people, especially those who don’t get involved in planning frequently, the prospect of looking at all the documents associated with the recently submitted application for Anglia Square may be daunting. This is a short guide to help.

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New Anglia Square Proposals Response, May 2022

The Norwich Society formally objects to the latest planning application (22/00434/F) and believes that, if the application is determined in its present form, it should be refused permission.

Our full comments can be read here.

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New Anglia Square Proposals: Further Comments, February 2022

In November 2021, The Norwich Society made interim comments on the emerging plans for Anglia Square and shared these with the City Council, Weston Homes and the local media.

We remain committed to working constructively in this process in the search for a solution that could both enhance the city and be brought to fruition. With that in mind, we have in the last two months met repeatedly with Weston Homes and their agents and also with local community representatives and with national heritage bodies including Historic England and SAVE. These contacts have helped us to develop and refine our own thinking.

We now set out the key issues which need to be urgently addressed if a satisfactory outcome is to be achieved.

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New Anglia Square Proposals: Interim Comments, November 2021

Earlier in 2021, Weston Homes decided not to challenge the Secretary of State's rejection of their plans for Anglia Square and instead return to the drawing board. Since then, The Norwich Society has held several constructive meetings with Weston Homes, who are working up their new proposals, and the Society continues to engage with other parties and groups interested in seeing the redevelopment of this site.

The Society has also put together a statement of interim comments, covering aspects including our approach, viability, sustainability and design which was sent to Councillors and Council Officials in November 2021 to update the local authority of our current position.

This statement can be read below. It was written by the Chair of The Norwich Society’s Strategic Planning & Transport Committee and Anglia Square Working Group with the endorsement of The Norwich Society’s Executive Committee.

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Press release, May 2021: The Norwich Society welcomes a new opportunity for Anglia Square development

Following Weston Homes announcement last month that they will no longer be challenging the Secretary of State’s rejection of their plans for Anglia Square in the High Court, The Norwich Society looks forward to seeing a better way forward for the area.

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The Public Enquiry

The Society has submitted a Statement of Case to the public enquiry which will commence in January 2020.

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Why we oppose the Anglia Square proposals

The Norwich Society has registered to be a full participant in the three-week inquiry into the plans for the redevelopment of Anglia Square.

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Open Letter

The Norwich Society submitted an open letter, signed by its committee members and representatives of Norwich groups and organisations to Norwich City Council's Planning Committee for consideration at their meeting on 6th December 2018. The letter outlined the objections the Society has to the development proposals for Anglia Square.

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Revised Scheme

The changes in this revised application are minor and the scheme retains the original density ambition that is far too high, resulting in a mass and scale of over-development that, combined with poor architectural design, would damage the unique character of Norwich. Our objections to the original scheme remain valid.

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Original Scheme

This is the Norwich Society's full response to the original scheme and should be read in conjunction with the subsequent response to the revised scheme.

View response to original scheme