This brownfield site of 0.1 hectare is located on the north side of Barrack Street between Silver Road and Anchor Close. It comprises the vacant site of a motor repair and sales business with frontages to Barrack Street and Anchor Close.
The site lies within a mixed commercial frontage along this part of Barrack Street. The original motor trade premises on the main road frontage have recently been demolished. The site is now largely given over to open vehicle storage, servicing and display, with post war buildings in the rear part from which the taxi office operates. The motor sales site had permission for redevelopment for 15 flats, granted in April 2009. The permission has since expired.
The adjacent site is used as a dental practice and has recently had a large extension to the rear. The surgery was a former public house, and is locally listed.
Much of the immediate surrounding area to the north and east is in residential use having undergone comprehensive redevelopment for housing in the 1960s and 70s, with predominantly bungalow/single storey styles. The land immediately to the west includes a substation and footpath to the residential neighbourhood behind.
Barrack Street is a busy and heavily trafficked single carriageway road forming part of the inner ring road defining the northern edge of the city centre. The extensive former Jarrold Printers site allocated in this plan (CC17a) on the south side of Barrack Street is undergoing phased redevelopment for offices and housing.
The site provides the opportunity for new housing on a brownfield site with good access to employment opportunities and services in the city centre and to neighbourhood shopping facilities within the nearby large district centre focused on Anglia Square, and the local centre at Bishop Bridge Road.
The site is close to the strategic cycle network (the “pink route”) defined in the NATS. There are opportunities to enhance and divert this route as part of the regeneration of the Jarrold Printers site, providing a pedestrian and cycle link to the city centre via Jarrold Bridge.
The principle of housing development has already been established through the 2009 planning permission. The site is well related to the surrounding residential area and housing remains the most appropriate use for the site.
The form of development on the site should reinstate a strong frontage to Barrack Street in particular, given the site’s prominent location on the inner ring road, and to Anchor Close. Vehicular and cycle access should be taken from Anchor Close.
The part of the site nearest to Barrack Street falls within flood zone 2. Therefore a flood risk assessment is required for this site and appropriate mitigation measures should be provided as part of the development.
Contamination from the existing motor trade uses is likely to be an issue and this should be addressed through site investigation and appropriate remediation: account should also be taken of the need to mitigate traffic noise from the main road to protect amenities for future residents.
The site has potential for a minimum of 15 units of housing. The number of housing units could be optimised if some premises were ‘car-free’, which would be acceptable given the site’s close proximity to Anglia Square and the Barrack Street redevelopment and public transport, and the ease of cycle and pedestrian access to the city centre.
The site is in a single ownership and has had planning permission for 15 flats. It is considered to be available for development within the plan period.
POLICY R16: Land at 126-128 Barrack Street – housing development
126-128 Barrack Street (0.1 hectare) is allocated for housing, or a mix of housing and community uses.
- reinstate a strong built frontage to Barrack Street and Anchor Close;
- take vehicular access from Anchor Close;
- a noise assessment will be required. Soundproofing measures will be provided for residential units fronting Barrack Street and those on Anchor Close closest to the inner ring road, which are adequate to mitigate against traffic noise;
- ensure that the disposition and height of buildings will minimise amenity impacts on existing properties;
- provide adequate on-site landscaped amenity space for any flats.
A minimum of 15 dwellings will be provided on site.