The site is a small public surface car park located on the south side of Pottergate. It is 0.07 hectares in size. The car park is currently in use and is operated by the city council. There are a number of matures trees on the western and southern edge of the site.
The site is surrounded by a wide range of uses including retail, café/restaurant, residential and offices. The Friends Meeting House to the east and the adjacent buildings are listed buildings. To the west, there is a recently completed residential development. The St Giles multi-storey car park lies immediately to the south of the site. Opposite on Pottergate, Kiln House is identified as a negative building in the City centre conservation area appraisal.
This site is part of a larger previous Replacement local plan (2004) allocation for housing development, much of which has now been developed. Development of the site offers the opportunity to make more efficient use of this valuable city centre site, will help reinstate the historic building line along Pottergate, and will contribute to meeting the housing target set out in the JCS.
Development will help to consolidate the traffic flow in the city centre and direct motorist to car parks with easy access from the inner ring road.
Development must be designed to enhance the setting of the neighbouring listed buildings, reflecting its location in the conservation area. Appropriate historic interpretation information should be incorporated into the development and an archaeological assessment will be required.
Development must relate well to adjacent sites and buildings including the adjacent multi-storey car park, and appropriate screening should be integrated into the design. On-site amenity open space could be provided to fulfil this between the development and the multi-storey car park.
Other constraints include ground conditions, trees on the edge of the site and being adjacent to strategic cycling network.
The site lies within a Critical Drainage Catchment as identified on the Policies map. Therefore development proposals involving new buildings, extensions and additional areas of hard surfacing should ensure that adequate and appropriate consideration has been given to mitigating surface water flooding in accordance with policy DM5.
This site is owned by the Norwich City Council. The site is suitable and available for development.
POLICY CC23: Pottergate Car Park - housing led mixed use development
The Pottergate car park site is allocated for a housing-led mixed use development, to provide a minimum of 20 dwellings. Small scale office units or retail uses (A1 / A2/ A3) could be part of the mix fronting Pottergate at ground floor level.
Design of the development will ensure that it:
- recreates a street frontage to Pottergate;
- is of an appropriate scale in relation to surrounding buildings; and
- contributes to the enhancement of the conservation area.
A surface water management assessment should be submitted with any application proposing development in accordance with this allocation. The assessment should show how the proposed development:
a) would not increase the vulnerability of the site, or the wider catchment, to flooding from surface water run-off from existing or predicted water flows, and;
b) would, wherever practicable, have a positive impact on the risk of surface water flooding in the wider area.