Weston Homes has gained a Resolution to Grant Planning Permission for their new hybrid (part full/part outline) planning application made to Norwich City Council for the redevelopment of the 4.65 hectare (11.5 acre) Anglia Square site in Norwich, which will deliver a scheme of up to 1,100 new homes ranging across buildings from 3 to 8 storeys, which are designed around inner courtyards, a public square and a network of pedestrian streets.
As part of the local consent, Weston Homes will now take over ownership of the Anglia Square site from current landowner Columbia Threadneedle. Although there are several hurdles to be finalised, Weston Homes anticipate that they will start the phased redevelopment of Anglia Square within the next few months.
The regenerated Anglia Square will provide for up to 1,100 homes of mixed tenure and up to 8,000m² of non-residential floorspace in addition to a community hub, community hall, new employment floorspace for a range of businesses, public toilets and accessible changing place facility. There will be up to 450 car parking spaces, 1,888 new cycle bays, a North/South cycle path through the site, the planting of around 200 new trees, 1.2km of new hedging and ecological features contributing to an +85% biodiversity net gain.
The new scheme will include 100% electric vehicle charging point provision with other sustainable features including 56% of the new development’s energy needs being met through air source heat pumps and a 58.4% reduction in CO2 emissions over Part L of Building Regulations 2021 requirements. The brown, green and biodiverse roofs to the development and new planting will create a biodiversity net gain of +85%.
Bob Weston, Chairman & Managing Director of Weston Homes said: “Weston Homes is delighted by the Resolution to Grant Planning which underlines the creation of a local ‘Grounded in Norwich’ scheme, designed by the local community of Norwich. We have learnt so much from this project, through going back to the drawing board, consulting locally and designing a domestic scale scheme with features led by the aspirations of the people of Norwich rather than Weston Homes. We are looking forward to beginning the delivery of this fantastic new development for the people of Norwich."