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HISTORY HOME: Residents upset over decision to demolish historic Northwood house

 Published on: 4th May 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents have expressed their upset over the decision to demolish a Northwood house which they say has historical significance.

Approval for the demolition of the existing dwelling at 32 Norwich Road was granted on Monday, March 25, with a new two-and-a-half storey building consisting of three flats to be constructed in its place, alongside car parking, amenity space, bin storage and cycle storage.

The officer’s report reads: “There is no objection in principle to the creation of additional residential units in land use terms. Planning officers are satisfied that this current application has fully addressed the grounds for refusal.”

This comes 16 months after the application was originally put forward in December 2022. An initial proposal for eight flats on the site was rejected in January of that same year.

Some Northwood residents have been saddened by the decision, as the site has some local historical significance.

In the early 20th century, the house was the residence of many nuns who worked at the nearby St Vincent’s Hospital, which opened in 1912 and closed in 2000. It was then redeveloped into a nursing home.

One resident took to social media to say: “A shocking decision by the council! Every person that is affected by this opposed this, from the first plan to the amended one.”

Amasia Architects Ltd, the agents for the applicants, have been contacted for comment.

Photo Credit: Amasia Architects Ltd

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