Neighbours concerned over 143 bed HMO

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18:59 November 10, 2021



Plans for a 143-bed HMO in the city center have been condemned by neighbors who have raised noise and privacy concerns.

A proposal to remodel Boar’s Head and the Westlegate buildings on St. Stephen’s Street in Norwich city center has raised a number of objections.

The developer JaeVee would like to convert the space above the ground floor into living space, with a two-story extension and a bar or restaurant area on the roof.

The location will also offer a range of on-site amenities, including a gym, library, cinema room, game room, and coffee lounge.

Objections came from neighbors, including the chairman of the Westlegate Residents Association (WTRA) and the insurance company Aviva.


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A neighbor said he was already having trouble sleeping due to noise in the area and excessive noise could worsen their existing health.


SUBMITTED PICTURE OF OLD EBER'S HEAD, SURREY STREET.  NORWEICH.

SUBMITTED PICTURE OF OLD EBER’S HEAD, SURREY STREET. NORWEICH.
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“I have owned and lived on my property in the Westlegate Tower for seven years,” they said.

“During this time I developed a sleep disorder and related health problems from noise on Westlegate.

Added, “This application puts my health and spiritual life at risk as it inevitably results in the night owls being right across from my bedroom window.”

Others protested over privacy concerns, with Kamal Giwa writing on behalf of Aviva that this could block their light and allow people to see into their offices.

The chairman of the WTRA feared that more development could lead to an increase in anti-social behavior.

Responding to residents’ concerns, Sam Sterry, Head of Acquisitions at JaeVee, said the development was designed with professionals in mind.

He said a 24/7 management team on site, including security guards, would help reduce noise and antisocial behavior.

“This development is a unique selling point for Norwich, which also takes account of the current problem of insufficient supply.

“In terms of noise, there are already several student blocks on the same street and in close proximity.


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“In addition, the development will be designed with the appropriate noise protection measures.

“Most of the buildings in the immediate vicinity are commercial, so this location is an ideal location for residential developments.

“The addition of the rooftop restaurant and bar makes sense from a location perspective, given the footfall from St. Stephens Street.

“We only received positive comments on this.”

The buildings used to be the site of the 15th century pub The Boar’s Head, which was bombed in 1942 before being rebuilt as the city’s first music venue, Barbarella’s.

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