This 0.12ha site is currently occupied by a surface car park accessed from Duke Street. It is bordered by Duke Street to the West, by a hotel to the north, by a school to the east and by the River Wensum to the South. Development offers opportunity for landscape improvements and provision of a new section of riverside walk on the north bank of the river Wensum.
Development of the site must address a number of constraints including its location within the City Centre Conservation Area, the Area of Main Archaeological Interest and proximity to heritage assets, the Broads National Park, site ground conditions, Critical drainage catchment area and riverside location including flood zones 2 and 3. A noise impact assessment and air quality assessment will be required, and the development must be designed to mitigate the impact of noise from the main road. A previous site investigation report has indicated that there are elevated levels of contamination present on site, land contamination desk top study and intrusive investigations will be required.
Early engagement with statutory consultees is always recommended, in this case most particularly the Environment Agency, the Broads Authority and Anglian Water to address flood and water disposal issues.
Although not previously allocated in the Local Plan, the site benefits from an extant 2004 permission for 21 homes. That permission has been implemented and remains valid through the construction of the hotel forming part of the same approved proposals. Further to this, consent was granted in November 2019 for the construction of a 139 bed Purpose Built Student Accommodation Block (18/01552/F). The site is likely to accommodate at least 25 homes or 125 student bedrooms. More may be accommodated, subject to an acceptable design and layout etc. being achieved.