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Norwich Development Refused Planning Permission

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An application to develop student flats in the Sentintel House car park in Norwich has been refused planning permission.

Neighbours who battled to stop the student accommodation from being built are celebrating after an appeal was dismissed by the planning inspector.

The original plans to build more than 280 student flats in Surrey Street was rejected due to its height and massing, which did not respect the area and its neighbours.

However, developers appealed the decision and submitted a revised bid for the site, cutting the number of bedrooms to 252 but the new plans were rejected by city councillors.

Inspector Philip Lewis argued the development could cause significant harm to the living conditions of those in Sentinel House. He was also concerned the student accommodation would include units that would not provide adequate living conditions for future residents.

Rob McKenna, from the Carlton Residents group said: "We believe the decision vindicates the city planning committee's decision, and also the campaign undertaken by Carlton Residents and our partner supporting bodies."

"We now hope that the developers and their agent respect the democratic process and desist in putting forward anymore overdeveloped planning schemes."

Although it was recognised the land would be developed, it is hoped any new application would be in keeping with the council's own development blueprints.