City council accused of interfering, as Taverham supermarket complex is approved again

14:44 04 June 2014

Taverham Nursery in Fir Covert Road. Photo: Bill Smith

Taverham Nursery in Fir Covert Road. Photo: Bill Smith

Bill Smith

Norwich City Council was today accused of ‘unwarranted interference’ by its neighbours for legally challenging plans for a supermarket and retail centre in Taverham.

The proposed development on land near Taverham Nursery Centre was given the green light by Broadland District Council in January but was then subject to a legal challenge by the city council - which argued it was not an area identified for retail growth and that there were “defects in the decision making process”.

Broadland’s head of planning, Phil Courtier, apologised to councillors at yesterday’s meeting, held to reconsider the application, saying the case was “confusing and a bit muddled”, adding “but that’s where we are”.

“Norwich City Council feel quite strongly that this is a retail use that should be in the city centre,” he explained.

Government guidelines state the retail vitality of a town or city centre - in this case Norwich - should be paramount and that cannot be undermined by having other competing products of the edge of town.

But councillors argued the development at Taverham would be an ‘extension of a modern garden centre’ and not in competition with retail units in Norwich.

Voting once more to approve the application - this time unanimously, councillors on Broadland’s planning committee expressed strong opinions about the proposed development and the challenge by Norwich City Council.

“We have a responsibility to create economic development and facilities for the people of Broadland,” said Cllr Roger Foulger.

“This is a good example of how this can be done. This is an unwarranted interference from Norwich City Council. They make it difficult for people to use facilities in the city through things like increased parking charges and they rely on the people of Broadland to shop in the city.”

Cllr Tony Adams said: “Yes, I agree we have some sort of responsibility towards the vitality of the city centre but the city council and highways department have some responsibility for it as well. The city council are authors of their own misfortune - continuing to close roads to motorists, making it difficult to get in and out of the city.”

The city council sent four letters of objection to Broadland District Council before it approved plans in January, saying the proposals went against Government guidelines and was not an area identified for retail growth.

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  • Good to see a public body spending public money defending it from another public body spending more public money...and who says we have no money! So good to see council tax being recirculated!

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    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • People who comment on this site should at least get their facts right, Adams has never been a Cabinet member on any council, and lives in Hellesdon. Good idea to build a new Morrisons in Taverham. City Council have put people off going into the city with road closures and expensive car parking charges. Much better and easier to go out of convenient too!!!

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    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Cllr Roger Foulger - Drayton South Cllr Tony Adams - Hellesdon South East Neither are for Taverham. But the point, PaulH is what? Shouldn't councellors work on behalf of their constituents? If a new retail and leisure complex was to add to an area, wouldn't you expect them to try and support it? Similarly, if it would detract from their ward, wouldn't they be expected to fight against it? If you believe that the plans are wrong, whether it's not needed at all or should be somewhere else, how about articulating those objections rather than an ad hominem attack?

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    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Cllr Adams who is he, are,let me guess Taverham and Drayton

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    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Greater Norwich? Unless I'm mistaken Norwich City failed in their attempt to make us part of "their" empire and we remain Broadland. Norwich City need to butt out.

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    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Those who live in the suburbs also have an interest in a thriving,dynamic city centre that provides wealth and employment for many who live there.All of us in the greater Norwich area need a successful city centre.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • I see Mr Tony Adams has made his views known, is this the same Mr Tony Adams of NCC, previous Transport Cabinet member when he spoke in favour of a raft of road closures to satisfy the urban transport plan in Norwich. How times change!

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    Cannot Say

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • "Quiet suburbs of north Norwich" - what is IT Stinks on and please can the rest of us have some?

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    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • Local residents can look forward to a great deal more out of town development and traffic in Taverham and Drayton if the NDR goes ahead. The Broadland DC officer report on this supermarket application plus 296 car parking spaces states "If the NDR is constructed this will encourage more commercial activity in the area". That plus loads more traffic. That's in line with the Government saying that it wants to see the NDR attract more economic development and support 46% more traffic on "nationally significant" roads. Bye bye quiet suburbs of north Norwich and surrounding villages.

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    I.T. Stinks

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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