‘Petty arguments’ must not derail £20m boost for new homes in and around Norwich, says council leader

£20m in loans is available to kick-start development in and around Norwich. £20m in loans is available to kick-start development in and around Norwich.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
11:14 AM

Decisions over how millions of pounds should be spent to kick-start building of new homes and transport improvements in and around Norwich must not get caught up in “petty arguments”, a council leader has warned.

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An event will be held next month to encourage developers to take advantage of £20m of cheap loans made available thanks to the City Deal which was awarded Greater Norwich at the end of last year.

The low interest loans will be available to developers to unlock delays to housing developments, creating new jobs and infrastructure.

But decisions on which schemes should get funding is a matter for the new Greater Norwich Growth Board - made up of representatives from Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council, South Norfolk Council, Norfolk County Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnerships.

And Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council, said it was important the business plan the new partnership will use to make decisions - which will be a composite of business plans produced by each council - reflects the need for infrastructure across the whole of the Greater Norwich area.

Speaking at a meeting of Broadland District Council’s controlling cabinet today, Mr Proctor said: “The business plan for Broadland will set out what we want to achieve. It will contain the key elements. It all needs to be brought together to ensure everybody does the right thing for the whole of the area.”

He said “petty arguments” over where the money should be spent would not help the process.

Shaun Vincent, Broadland’s portfolio holder for planning, questioned how the new board would decide which schemes should receive the loans.

He said: “What if, for example, Norwich City Council wants something Broadland and South Norfolk don’t want? There is going to be a degree of conflict on issues which need to be resolved.”
Phil Kirby, Broadland’s chief executive, said: “The objective is for the growth board to have those debates. It will be for the growth board to decide how the infrastructure is delivered, but decisions can only be made by consensus, so agreements will have to be reached.”

The fund will be open until 2026. Once a development financed by the loan is built, the developer will need to pay back the money, which can then be given to another developer.

• For more information about taking advantage of the loans, email info@gndp.org.uk

• Are you thinking of taking advantage of the fund? Contact business writer Ben Woods on 01603 772426 or email ben.woods@archant.co.uk

7 comments

  • There is already a democratic deficit as decisions will not be made by councillors but by those who were appointed by a 'cabinet decision.' A bit like the incinerator really? By the way, the new proposed development along Salhouse Road called Beyond Green has as part of its aims to reduce car ownership and have 50% of households being members of car clubs instead. Will this give them priority funding???

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    andy

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • …..The silent minority have to be considered! ….Before anything gets touched, the Newts and Bats have to be given their say!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • No "petty arguments" eh? Now where have I heard that before? Ah yes, "I am not in the slightest bit interested in anything that you may have to say"

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    Dictate

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • All these arguments show the public is that there are too many self interested busy bodies in too many public sector deptscouncils that need to be weeded out.

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    Norwich Resident

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Whats in it for Proctor for him to state that there must be no "petty arguments" ?

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    "V"

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • May one know where the jobs are coming from for the people who are going to be inhabiting these twenty million quids worth of houses? Otherwise this is just going to be a buy to let dole ghetto. Lovely.

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    alecto

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • There's still something of democratic deficit in this arrangement.Where does the power come from for an elected member for ,say Broadland,to make decisions about South Norfolk or the City and vice-versa?Also can we continue to afford a situation where there are 5 councils involved when only one is needed?

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

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