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Norwich Skyline (2009) © Andrew Hurley via Wikimedia Commons
Norwich Skyline (2009) © Andrew Hurley via Wikimedia Commons

Secretary of State Refuses Planning Application for Redevelopment of Anglia Square saving the extraordinary historic character of Norwich

Historic England welcomes the decision by the Secretary of State to refuse the planning application for the proposed redevelopment of Anglia Square in Norwich.

The plans for a shopping complex and a 20-storey tower were considered by Norwich City Council’s planning committee in December 2018, but Historic England immediately asked for the scheme to be called in by the Secretary of State.

We believe that the proposed redevelopment of the current 1960s buildings into three large blocks of up to 12 storeys and one 20-storey tower would have had an extensive and harmful impact on the extraordinary historic character of Norwich and the significance of the city’s greatest historic buildings, including the Norman castle, medieval cathedral, the Roman Catholic cathedral, City Hall and the numerous medieval churches in the city.

We are pleased that the Secretary of State has not granted permission for proposals which we have always argued would be highly damaging for Norwich.

The future of Anglia Square remains to be resolved, and we are keen to work with the City Council and community to help secure a scheme which would renew this area in a way which both benefits the community and reinforces Norwich's exceptional historic character

John Neale, Head of Development Advice Historic England
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