Mike Carpenter from Bidwells said the developers would not build speculatively.

Next step in Norwich Research Park South plans revealed

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
6.30 AM

Hopes to turn Norfolk into a world leader in medical research took a step forward after plans were submitted to develop Norwich Research Park (NRP).

Bullen Developments want to build up to 100,000 square metres of offices and labs for mainly medical research on land next to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The development, off Hethersett Lane and Watton Road, would be known as NRP South and Bullen want outline planning permission for the site, which would allow development to take place on the land over the next 14 years.

They are also seeking approval to change access to the site.

The application requests permission for building heights, site density and landscaping.

Mike Carpenter, pictured, from Bidwells, who are representing Bullen Developments, said: “We have to demonstrate that we can develop the site in an appropriate way.”

If planning permission is granted by South Norfolk councillors it will mean the developers can quickly build offices and labs as and when companies agree to move to the park.

Mr Carpenter added: “Outline planning permission is essential because we are competing in a world marketplace and these companies need to move quickly.

“It is very important to the industry.”

Councillors are expected to decide on the plans in mid-January.