Sprowston Viking Center now at critical stage

Published:
11:23 a.m. July 9, 2022



A former pub and restaurant is one step closer to finally being brought back into use after months of neglect.

Sprowston Town Council has confirmed that it is ready to submit a planning application for the Viking Center at Tills Road soon.

It is understood that this could be submitted to Broadland District Council as early as next week.

The City Council held a consultation event for the former Royal Bengal Restaurant and Viking Public House in January where the public was invited to speak.


Sprowston Viking Center
– Credit: Brittany Woodman/ Archant

Unoccupied since mid-2019, the Viking Center was purchased by the city council last June with a view to becoming a community asset.

The application is set to be filed after the city council resolves an issue regarding a private flagpole next to the Viking Centre.


A 3D artist's impression showing the proposed facade of the Viking Center looking north

A 3D artist’s impression showing the proposed facade of the Viking Center looking north
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Sprowston Conservative County Councilor John Ward said: “The application is ready for submission.

“There was a slight delay because we have this mast right on the border and we need to have access to it.

“The city clerk is just trying to make sure with the owners what width of access they need.”

The council has previously announced plans to rent out rooms on the site to Sprowston organizations and groups.

This has sparked interest from people like the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project, which provides a safe socializing space for teenagers.

Mr Ward added: “It’s still early days, but there’s been a lot of initial interest. We’ll let the people of Sprowston know about it later.

“Much like the Diamond Centre, it will generally be for Sprowston residents to use.”


Open consultation for the public to have a say in the Viking Center at Sprowston.  John Ward, City

Sprowston County Councilor John Ward outside the Tills Road Viking Center
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Sprowston Town Clerk Guy Ranaweera said: “The Viking is very close to a planning bid. It’s very exciting.”

The City Council will release more information about its intentions for the site in due course.

The Viking Pub closed in 2007 before being transformed into the Royal Bengal Indian Restaurant from 2010 to mid-2019.


Open consultation for the public to have a say in the Viking Center at Sprowston.  Photos: Britta

Inside the Viking Center at Sprowston’s Tills Road
– Credit: Brittany Woodman/ Archant

He was convicted after he was targeted by vandals following the pub’s closure.

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