45m revamp to transform former Aviva towers in Norwich city centre into flats for 700 students gets go St Stephens Towers, formerly offices for Aviva, will become homes for more than 700 students after members of Norwich City Council's planning committee granted permission to developers Crown Student Living.
City Hall officers had previously warned developers they were on the brink of recommending the revamp of the buildings, above and behind shops in St Stephens Street, should be turned down. The developers said that was not economically viable, although a burberry shop online europe separate application could yet see a route created through the back door of the empty BHS store. But the developers did make a number burberry outlet on sale of amendments to the overall project, including reducing the height of the towers and cutting the number of beds from 742 to 702 and officers burberry coat mens recommended approval. The proposal was unanimously approved. Labour's Keith Driver, chairman of the committee, said it would boost the city's shops and pubs and could lead to homes currently rented to students coming back on the market. He said: "I think it will bring the area up. I think it will be burberry outlet wrentham good for the students, good for the UEA and good for people in university and Bowthorpe wards, where you get houses of multiple occupation. "I think students would rather go in these flats than pay to live with seven other people, so I think it could bring more houses into the market. It's a win win for Norwich." He said, however, that he was disappointed that the dedicated thoroughfare through to the bus station had not been created through the scheme. Liberal Democrat councillor James Wright said: "Its an excellent scheme which will bring much needed life and vitality back into part of the city." Green councillor Simeon Jackson said he supported the scheme, but warned the increase in that sort of accommodation in the city centre would inevitably put pressure on infrastructure. I believe 'progress' needs to be made on making the inner and outer ring roads wider. The roads of Norwich are squeezed throughout the day and getting across the city is a nightmare already! I'd fully support pedestrianizing the whole of the city inside the inner ring road so long that there is somewhere to park and get out of the city without the congestion we see already. Eradicate cars and permit only bikesbusestaxis and delivery vans. A car driver too so feel free to critic me heavily for having a voice. Add your comment Report this comment Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Norwich Evening News visitors.
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