This site lies within the Norwich City Centre Conservation Area. This site is an important one in this part of the Norwich conservation area and is in the setting of several listed buildings. It forms part of the south side of Colegate, the principle historic street of what was once the Norvic settlement and which contains numerous important historic buildings including several listed ones. A group of grade II listed buildings are situated on Colegate at the north end of the site as well as the parish church of St George (grade I listed) and the grade II* listed Bacon's House and numbers 2-9 Octagon Court. The site also lies in an interesting position in the conservation area where the nature of historic building changes. Modern development between Colegate and the river (Friar's Quay) is akin in scale and form to the generally low-rise, domestic scale of development on the north side of the River stretching along Colegate eastwards to Magdalen Street. The Friar's Quay development is a very successful and early example of modern residential development in an historic city which responds to the historic 'grain' of development from a time when development commonly disregarded it. To the west side of the application site is St George's Street, also characterised by relatively modest, pitched roofed development, both historic (including the grade II listed numbers 22-25 and later infill matching it. This street marks the point at which the character of historic development changes. The western side of St George's Street features a former 19th century factory building filling a corner plot on Colegate. This is similar in form, though smaller than the 19th century Art College building across the river to the south. Upstream from the college is modern development of a similar scale. St George's Street can therefore be seen as a 'hinge' point in this part of the conservation area and the allocation site being to the east of it falls within the area characterised by more domestic scale development, both old and new.
Any development of the site therefore has the potential to impact upon a number of heritage assets and their settings.
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, its location within the critical drainage catchment area, the relationship with neighbouring statutory and locally listed buildings, site ground conditions and possible contamination.
The site is expected to accommodate at least 25 homes. The site was previously allocated in the now expired Northern City Centre Area Action Plan for residential-led mixed use development and has been subject to previous development proposals which were withdrawn before determination, accordingly the principle of housing development is accepted.