Barrack Street/Whitefriars is proposed to be allocated in two parts on modified boundaries, as follows:
The site was the former Jarrolds printworks and the large mid-20th Century building which previously covered the site was identified as a negative building within the City Centre Conservation Area Appraisal. Towards the east of the site was former housing fronting Barrack Street which is now used as a temporary surface car park.
The western section of the site is within the City Centre Conservation Area and the site also contains standing remains of the city wall (Scheduled Monument), two Grade II listed cottages (77-79 Barrack Street) and two locally listed cottages. The site is situated within the area of main archaeological interest and it has been identified that the site has significant underground archaeological remains. It is important that the development protects and enhances the setting of the wall.
Development of these sites must be of a scale and form which respects and takes advantage of its riverside context and location in respect to the Broads National Park.
7-79 Barrack Street are a pair of early 19th Century houses which date from 1916. They are one-up, one-down terraced housing which have been unsympathetically converted and extended at ground floor level. The properties are in a poor state of repair and are on Norwich’s Buildings at risk register. They are rare survivors of one-up-one-down cottages and are reported to be the last in Norwich of this type. These cottages must be brought back into residential use and renovated in order to ensure their future and to remove them from the register.
There are a number of listed buildings within the vicinity which include St James Mill which is grade I listed, Former Church of St James (Puppet Theatre), C12/13 Undercroft at junction of Whitefriars and St James Court and remains of Anchorite House on Whitefriars. Norwich Cathedral is located approximately 330m to the south of the site.
On the site there is a mid-20th Century Annex which contains the Jarrolds Printing Museum which was founded in 1982. Whilst the loss of this utilitarian building is accepted, the private collection of artefacts must be recorded and some form of print museum re-provided on or off site. Proposals will be required to adopt and implement a strategy of heritage interpretation relating to the former use of the site as a printworks;
Development should respect the build line of St James Church and remain subordinate to the church. Development should complement the St. James Mill in terms of height and scale and remain subservient to it.
There are trees situated along the northern, western and southern boundaries of the site. The site is within 500m of St James Pit SSSI and Mousehold Heath which is a Local Nature Reserve and County Wildlife Site. Train Wood is a non-designated County Wildlife Site that is also situated within 1km. Any loss of trees should be mitigated through replacement planting in order to help soften the development and to contribute towards replacement biomass.
A noise impact assessment and air quality assessment will be required as the site is situated on Norwich’s inner ring road and is located within the Central Norwich Air Quality Management Area.
The majority of the site is situated within Flood Zone 2 with a minor area being situated in Flood Zone 3. SUDs will need to be provided as part of the development.
There is potential for contamination and therefore Ground Investigation Reports will be required.