Anglia Square is a 1960s neighbourhood shopping precinct, forming the main part of the large district centre in the north of the city centre. This site is a major regeneration priority. The capacity of Anglia Square to deliver a significant element of the plan's housing need on a highly accessible brownfield site means that it has strategic significance for Greater Norwich. The Employment, Town Centre and Retail Study (GVA, 2017) acknowledges the considerable potential of Anglia Square to accommodate a much-enhanced retail and leisure offer including extensive public realm improvements.
Development of the site must address a number of constraints including its location within the City Centre Conservation Area and the Area of Main Archaeological Interest, critical drainage catchment area, the relationship with neighbouring statutory and locally listed buildings, site ground conditions, its prominent location at gateways to the city, removal of the derelict and long-term vacant buildings from the site, transport infrastructure. 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.
The site is likely to accommodate in the region of 800 homes, a significant proportion of which will be affordable, although the precise level will need to be the subject of further detailed viability assessment. It will also provide a mix of affordable tenures consistent with identified needs at the time of submission of a planning application. Anglia Square should retain its position as part of a defined large district centre, complementing the city centre retail offering.