Alumno Developments is making proposals to redevelop the vacant site next to Norwich Bus Station for student accommodation.  We would like to hear your views before submitting a planning application to Norwich City Council. We will be accepting public comments up until 6th May.

This website provides more information and contact details to provide feedback.

What’s Proposed?

  • Around 220 rooms and management facilities
  • Car free student housing in a city centre location next to the bus station
  • Renovating 50 All Saints Green (a Grade II listed building)
  • Demolishing 52 & 54 All Saints Green creating a new public space or ‘square’ with landscaping and plants


The site faces the bus station, YMCA, Queens Road and All Saints Green.  It is also adjacent to Ivory House, a Grade II listed building.  It is an ideal location for student housing, in easy walking distance of the Norwich University of the Arts (12 minutes) and a 12 minute bus journey or short cycle ride from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Regular buses run from the adjacent Bus Station to the UEA Campus.


Accommodation is located on the ground floor and upper levels.  The majority of bedrooms will be in self-contained cluster flats with six ensuite bedrooms with a kitchen/lounge.  There are also a small number of self-contained studios.  The management office, and reception are located on the ground floor, whilst the common room and other associated amenities are located around the building.
Student Room

How? – Local Planning Policies

When bringing together these plans we have taken time to consider the planning policies which the City Council and other parts of government set out to make sure development projects are suitable.  We have been working with Norwich City Council and have considered several policies including:

  • Promoting Norwich as a ‘Learning City’ by improving ‘tertiary’ (after secondary school) education facilities (JCS Policy 9)
  • Reinforcing the vibrancy of the city centre through housing and education developments (JCS Policy 11)
  • Encouraging regeneration in the St. Stephen’s area with a mixture of developments including new homes and improved public open spaces in particular
  • Respecting and improving historic buildings and structures such as Ivory House on the Queens Road (Policy HBE10)

When? – Project Timeline

Once all comments have been received, the proposals will be finalised and the application will then be submitted to Norwich City Council.  This will include specialist reports and studies to demonstrate the quality of the development and how we have considered particular issues.  These will be available from the council for anyone to inspect.

The council will then run a new public consultation before assessing the proposals and making a recommendation to councillors to consider at the planning committee.