Concerns Norwich house is operating as ‘restaurant’

House on Earlham Rd with Orlando's sign

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The Orlando’s sign features phone numbers, and a website for “Sakura Norwich”

Concerns that a house is being run as a Japanese restaurant are being investigated by a council.

The house in Norwich has an illuminated sign saying “Orlando’s” above the door and a painted sign ‘Sakura’, the name of a former restaurant in the city.

Norwich City Council said the house was the subject of an enforcement case over the signs and officers had visited but not seen a restaurant in use.

Orlando Williams, who lives at the property, declined to comment.

The Eastern Daily Press reported that neighbours had complained to the city council.

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Mr Williams previously ran Sakura, pictured in 2012 when it was situated in Ber Street, Norwich

Mr Williams previously ran Sakura, a Japanese restaurant, in White Lion Street and then Ber Street, Norwich. It closed in 2014.

On Thursday, the council granted a planning application from Mr Williams to convert the detached seven-bedroom house into a B&B.

Planning officers recommended the plan be approved and advised councillors that the application – which attracted several complaints from neighbours about the illuminated sign and alleged restaurant – should be assessed on its merits.

“The acceptability of the current signage will be reviewed following determination of this application,” the report said.

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The house is on the main route between the University of East Anglia and the city centre

Residents on Earlham Road commented on “what appears to be a restaurant”, with some claiming they had received a menu and price list for Orlando’s through their letterbox.

Others raised concerns about food hygiene regulations and a licence to serve alcohol.

A man who lives near the property said he had been invited to a “launch party” and received a menu and opening hours when the sign appeared, about three months ago.

He said he had regularly seen people come and go in the evenings but in small numbers.

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