The mix of shops, restaurants, homes and cafés which Norwich needs to continue to be a thriving and attractive ...
Norwich city centre is set to get a major makeover
The mix of shops, restaurants, homes and cafés which Norwich needs to continue to be a thriving and attractive place to visit and buy goods has been set out by Norwich City Council. Businesses are being urged to provide feedback about its new guidance for planners, which for the first time sets out its vision for the number of shops on its high streets, as well as other businesses such as banks, building societies, restaurants and cafés.
The blueprint could see the green light given to plans for flats above shops in places such as The Lanes and Magdalen Street, and will also urge planners to discourage high concentrations or continuous run of betting shops and amusement centres.
Adrian Fennell, partner at chartered surveyors Roche, welcomed the initiative which he said showed the council was taking a "pro-active stance" in ensuring Norwich continues to remain a vibrant city centre that is evolving with the shift in consumer shopping and leisure habits.
"The specific focus on retail areas will ensure that the plan remains relevant and can be individually adapted in the future," he said.
But he warned that the council would need to carefully consider the implications of rules which mean it is currently possible to convert a restaurant into a betting shop without control.
"Furthermore, certain non-retail uses will still need to be very carefully controlled, such as late night bars as this could detract from residential occupation within the city centre that is also an essential element for encouraging and retaining vibrancy," he warned.
"I would also like to see all the landlord's views being canvassed as they play an essential part to the plan, particularly as their consent will be required before any tenant can apply for a change of use," he added.
The new plan will be more flexible than previous, less wide-reaching plans, and will have less legal constraints.
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Annabelle Dickson,Political Editor, Archant Anglia
Another successful and competitive week for budding petanque players .....
A win for the Paris Pitchers!
Another successful and competitive week for budding petanque players in our annual corporate event hosted by the National Trust at Blickling Hall in Norfolk.
This week's competition was a closely fought final between the Musketeers and the Paris Pitchers. It was finally won by the latter, represented by Mark Baxter and Steve Brown of Real Consulting, who were accompanied by Roche team mates Sam Kingston and Lee Askew. They won the coveted cup and received a bottle of champagne each.
The best dressed accolade was awarded to Les Grand Boules, which this week comprised of Anne Gromett, Bhargav Trivedi, Greg McCurday, Emily Groom from Birketts Solicitors. They a received congratulatory bottle of French dressing.
The annual petanque event is a much loved event in the calendar here at Roche Chartered Surveyors and we look forward to welcoming our clients and friends for the 2015 competition.
.... Roche hosts their twice annual Petanque competition at Blicking Hall in Norfolk .....
Roche host 20th annual Petanque Competition
It is that time of year again when Roche hosts their twice annual Petanque competition at Blicking Hall in Norfolk.
The weather managed to hold out for another year, and competitors took part with good sportsmanship (for the most part) and enjoyed spending a summer evening amongst friends, colleagues and clients.
The competition consisted of eight teams, with three games being played by each team before a ‘half time' supper and one final game played by each team to determine the final rankings.
This year's victors were The Musketeers, consisting of Elizabeth Smith of Jarrolds, the property developer Robert & Diane Harber and Roche partner, Jackie Crisp.
The best dressed accolade was awarded to the Paris Pitchers, which comprised of the commercial property team at solicitors from Mills and Reeve based in their Norwich office - Robert Hutton, Namita Matkar, Rowena Leary and Lisa-Marie Kennedy.
Next week Roche Chartered Surveyors hold their second annual petanque event and look forward to seeing everyone in their French inspired outfits and seeing who will be the victor for the 41st petanque competition.
Jackie Crisp has achieved the Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence .....
Surveyors acting as Expert Witnesses
Jackie Crisp has achieved the Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence, a Masters level qualification held by no more than 150 surveyors throughout the UK and which is now the only standard recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, of which she is a Fellow.
Surveyors acting in a capacity as an Expert Witness can provide evidence in lease renewal, rent review, valuation, dilapidations or other disputes. Where the surveyor is acting in such capacity the RICS Practice Statement and Guidance Note, Surveyors Acting as Expert Witnesses, clearly states the duty of the surveyor is to the judicial body presiding; the court, arbitrator or tribunal and NOT to their client. This may come as a surprise to some clients, especially when the client realises the surveyor is required to include all facts which may or may not harm their client's case.
The surveyor is required to give truthful, impartial and independent opinions to enable the judicial body to make an informed decision.
At the inception of the instructions the surveyor must ask himself if he has the knowledge, experience, qualification and training relevant to the case in question. He must also ask himself if there are any conflicts of interest, actual or perceived, which may arise out of the instruction given. If there is any cause for concern on this matter the instruction must be declined.
These are important parameters which need to be adhered to rigidly because if they are not, the weight given to the surveyors evidence is lessened or compromised.
Greene King - one of the UKs leading pub and brewing companies has instructed Roche to act on their behalf .....
Roche appointed by Greene King for pub disposals
Greene King - one of the UKs leading pub and brewing companies has instructed Roche to act on their behalf in the disposal of some of their public houses in the East Anglia region. The first pub was The Beehive on Cannerby Lane in Norwich, which after only a short marketing period has now been sold to the East of England Co-op for conversion to a community food store. The latest instruction is to sell the freehold of The Little Rose public house in the popular village of Haslingfield, some 6 miles south-west of Cambridge.
Graham Jones of Roche commented that he is delighted to be able to cement Roche's relationship with Greene King, which is not only a leading regional business but also one of the most successful pub companies in the UK with a growing estate of circa 2,300 public houses. Inevitably there are some public houses within their estate which are no longer viable and by selling them not only can Greene King re-invest the money into their continued expansion but also the properties will provide opportunities to owner occupiers to acquire their own freehold premises or indeed to developers to regenerate the sites.
The appointment by Greene King marks Roche's growing presence in the regional leisure sector with other clients including Enterprise Inns, Punch Taverns, Admiral Taverns and a number of independent local and regional pub and restaurant businesses.
"The appetite for freehold commercial property continues to grow ........"
Freehold Pub Sales Continue in Norfolk
"The appetite for freehold commercial property continues to grow, no more so than for well-located and sensibly priced public houses", comments Graham Jones of Roche Chartered Surveyors that have just completed another successful period of pub disposals this year.
Roche have just concluded the sale of 4 public houses on behalf of long term client Enterprise Inns. These were The Fox & Hounds, The Street, Lyng which was acquired by a local investor to be re-opened as a pub, The Jolly Sailors, Pakefield Street, Lowestoft which is to be converted into a fish restaurant, The Rampant Horse, Lynn Road, Gayton which has been sold for residential development and The Falcon on Cromer Road, one of Norwich's principal arterial roads, which is likely to be converted to retail use.
The pubs offered different opportunities and ranged in size from 2,852 to 5,287 sq ft on plots from 0.41 acres to 0.77 acres.
All 4 pubs were subject to strong interest with 2 of them going to best bids and one to auction. Graham Jones adds: "each pub is unique and can require a slightly different marketing approach, tailored to the likely end-use and the market for the property in its particular location. The volume of freehold pubs coming to the market is beginning to slow and we are seeing very strong demand as potential purchasers realise that the available stock is drying up."
Roche have now acted for Enterprise Inns plc for 6 years and continue to be involved in the sale and letting of pub sites for a range of clients throughout the East Anglia region.
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