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Old September 7th, 2011, 09:20 AM   #161
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Old October 15th, 2011, 08:12 PM   #162
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Plan for a revamp of Havenbridge House put on hold. Great Yarmouth.

http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.u..._out_1_1090420

Havenbridge House is not "iconic" but it is an interesting building, yet it is regarded an eyesore to the town. I have been in it a few times and it needs a lot of work done to it inside and out.

It is bright and welcoming inside but very dated and half the building is empty and looks set to remain that way for a while. They may end up selling the building and pulling it down to restore the towns skyline.

The 3 storey Yarmouth House is wacky with the 3 roofs yet that has stood empty for 3 years.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 01:36 PM   #163
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Northern bypass for Norwich moves slowly forward. It looks like under the current plans it will not link up as a full circular route though - please correct me if I am wrong!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/86m_gove...pass_1_1153445

The controversial new road will run to the east and north of Norwich with a new junction onto the A47 at Postwick.

The Department for Transport will contribute £86.5m towards a total cost for the scheme of £111.1m.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said today that, altogether, communities across England will benefit from £854m worth of investment in 21 local transport schemes with an overall DfT contribution of £586m.

Derrick Murphy, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “This is great news and a tremendous shot in the arm for the Norfolk economy.

“I applaud the government for recognising the economic potential of both the Postwick junction improvement and the NDR.

“People who have the long-term interests of Norfolk and its residents at heart will understand that the NDR is vital to the economic future of a wide area of north-east Norwich and north Norfolk.

“This is good news for jobs, for businesses and for people needing housing. It will also bring environmental improvements for many communities and the city centre by bringing relief from congestion and rat-running traffic.”

The news was also welcomed by Graham Plant, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation, who said construction work at the Postwick improvement could start later next year.

He added: “The Postwick junction improvement is also the first, critical, and most costly section of the NDR, which is itself essential to the wider transport strategy for Norwich.

“This is because it takes pressure off the city centre, surrounding roads and fringe parishes, allowing the development of high quality public transport, including Bus Rapid Transit, and improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. Without the road space provided by the NDR, opportunities for developing a modern sustainable transport system for the Norwich area are seriously limited.”

Andrew Proctor, chairman of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership and leader of Broadland District Council, said the announcement paved the way for new jobs and new homes.

And Leader of Norwich City Council, Brenda Arthur added: “The NDR will allow us to deliver the Norwich Area Transportation Strategy, which would mean less traffic in the city centre, and improved bus routes and cycle routes. It is for this reason that we have supported the NDR.”

The news was also welcomed by Norwich International Airport bosses.

However, while the announcement secures funding for the Norwich NDR, a number of statutory processes need to be completed, including planning approval for all except the Postwick Hub junction improvement.

And the allocation of NDR funding is conditional upon progress being made on the sustainable transport elements of the Norwich Area Transportation Strategy.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said: “We are investing in schemes that will provide better access to jobs and services, reduce congestion and enable more goods to move more easily around our country. This will be £1.4bn invested in local communities to build the transport system we need to get the economy back on track.”
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Old April 12th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #164
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Im surprised to see that the plans for Westlegate House seem to have passed the thread by. Here is an Evening News article showing a picture (and links to others) of the proposed reclad of the tower:

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/...aled_1_1208293

a link to more images:
http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/...aled_1_1208293

Im not too positive on the new design on the tower, I think it should be more sleek and less complicated but its 100% better then what we have at the moment!
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Old May 5th, 2012, 05:26 PM   #165
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Interesting. Adding 2 floors would cause the Norwich Society to kick up as they saw the building as an eyesore but they may rethink when they revamp the place and perhaps have it blend in a bit more.

Great Yarmouth has been given the green light for the new casino.

http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.u...plex_1_1368157

Some people are moaning saying it will blight the area but it wont as it is more than just a casino. It will have bars, restaurants and a cinema and hotel. It will boost the towns economy.

And Yarmouth House down yarmouth Way in the town may be turned into residential flats as Oakwell Homes have submitted a planning application after they bought the 6 floor 3 roofed building.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #166
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The green light has been given for the revamp of Westlegate Tower.

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/...ight_1_1380728

Hooray. Lets hope they get a move on and start work. Two more storeys will be added to the building making it 13 floors.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #167
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Wheey! Hopefully the cladding will be of high quality so we dont end up with another grubby/dated tower in 10 years time...
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Old May 25th, 2012, 04:09 PM   #168
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Great Yarmouth has been given the green light for the new casino
I don't really see what the fuss is about with that casino, like you say it will add other facilities not present in GtY and it seems like it has a high quality design... My only problem with it is that it seems a bit out of the way of the main shopping street/beachfront...
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Old May 27th, 2012, 10:38 PM   #169
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The new casino is about a mile out from the town centre. It will regenerate that part of the town. The north end of the seafront of Great Yarmouth is quite swanky and has some posh houses and Ocean Ways overlooking the sea which are gardens and small rivers to take a boat ride, away from the busy Marine Parade.
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 01:58 AM   #170
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The council say no to Harford Place, Norwich:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-19659337
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 11:15 AM   #171
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I thought with the new planning rules they had to give a decent reason not to give permission. Job creation is very hard at the mo so anything like this should have the welcome mat out! Stupid twats
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Old October 18th, 2012, 01:21 AM   #172
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Norwich Asda store and retail park plans resubmitted

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-19969688



Plans for a second Asda supermarket and a retail park in Norwich have been resubmitted without any changes, despite them previously being rejected.

Norwich City Council's planning committee voted 5-4 against the proposals on the former Bally Shoe factory site, on Hall Road, last month. Asda said the planners' concerns had been addressed in a covering letter.

Council leader Brenda Arthur criticised the planners' original decision, which meant the potential loss of 400 jobs. Asda plans to build a superstore, pub, gym, restaurant and business units on the brownfield site.

Stephen Little, Green councillor at Norwich City Council, was one of the planners that opposed the firm's plans. In September he stated he was not convinced of the scale of the jobs promised and was worried that local shops' trade would be affected.

An Asda spokesman said more than 90% of people who were consulted on the proposals were in favour of the store and the company was "surprised" and "disappointed" at the planners' verdict.

Council leader Brenda Arthur, Labour, said she supported the plans.

A new public consultation will run until 7 November.

The earliest the planning committee can review the application is on 6 December.



Here is Asda's website on the development: Asda Harford Place, Norwich
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Old December 30th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #173
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I do realise my comments a while ago on Yarmouth was a bit harsh. I think it is a town with its good and bad areas and Cobholm is quite safe and is an improving area. I go into Yarmouth a lot taking photos. It is my home town and I have lived near there all my life.

Yarmouth House, that 6 storey office block with the 3 pyramid roofs is being converted into flats and I cannot wait for The Edge to be built as it will be more than just a casino.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 06:10 PM   #174
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Some pictures of Westlegate Tower and the plans for it's re-design:

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http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8387/8...3af44734_z.jpg

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http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2431/3...9688e223_z.jpg



http://www.edp24.co.uk/polopoly_fs/w...2211613384.jpg



http://www.bdonline.co.uk/pictures/7...h-Stud-web.jpg

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Old May 14th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #175
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An interesting article on the new Westlegate Tower:

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/buildings/...050278.article

It seems to have gone through a slight re-design in regards to the cladding pattern, as this news article shows. Not too keen on the new developments...

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/...ring_1_2185727



http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/polop...3325719862.jpg

It even has it's own promotional video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMnNdQyp7Eg
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Proof that at least something is happening at Westlegate at long last!
I am not in the centre too often, but will try to keep updated pics as best as I can.
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Old December 14th, 2013, 03:12 PM   #177
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Get ready...... highly exciting Christmas updates!
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Old December 31st, 2013, 01:56 PM   #178
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Thanks for the updates - when I was down the other day the redesign seemed to be gaining a lot of interest from people making the most of the Christmas sales. In fact all the times I walked past it there were people looking at it or talking about it.
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