Blueprint could see almost 350 new homes built on edge of Norwich

PUBLISHED: 09:39 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:39 23 December 2014

Hundreds of new homes could be built in Old Catton. Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Hundreds of new homes could be built in Old Catton. Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.


Almost 350 new homes could be built on the edge of Norwich, just a stone’s throw away from where thousands of other new houses are set to be constructed.

Developers are looking to get planning permission for up to 340 new homes and about 20 new business units on land off St Faith’s Road in Old Catton.

Northampton-based SGP (Land and Developments) Ltd has asked Broadland District Council for outline permission for the development on 37 acres of farmland between St Faith’s Road and Norwich International Airport.

The proposal is for homes ranging from one bedroom flats to five bedroom houses, with just over an acre taken up by small business units.

The plans also include an extension to the Old Catton cemetery in St Faith’s Road, new road links connecting to St Faiths Road and the airport industrial estate, along with a new roundabout in Repton Avenue.

St Faiths Road could also be “stopped up” to make sure it does not get used as an alternative to the new roads which would be built through the development.

Documents lodged with Broadland District Council acknowledge that “aircraft noise from the airport has a significant impact on site”, but that the plans have been drawn up to deal with that.

Some of the business units, which the developer says would be filled by companies such as local plumbers and electricians, would be built on the boundary with the airport to help shield the homes.

And the report submitted to the council adds: “Acceptable noise levels inside dwellings are obtained by building design that allows occupiers control over their internal noise environment.”

Old Catton Parish Council is due to meet the developers and discuss the application at a meeting next month, but chairman Bradley Sabberton-Coe said it would be inappropriate to comment before then.

The development, if it gets permission, would come on top of thousands more homes which are planned for the area.

Broadland District Council gave the go-ahead in autumn last year for a 3,500 home development in Sprowston and Old Catton, with officers acknowledging the homes would change the face of the area forever.

Two new primary schools, a library, health centre, cafés, pubs, shops, a hotel and businesses also form part of the scheme which was granted outline planning permission by Broadland councillors.

That scheme will see the transformation of more than 207 hectares of land to the north of Sprowston and Old Catton, between Wroxham Road and St Faith’s Road.

The plans were put forward by Beyond Green, representing a group of five landowners, including Norfolk County Council and also include creating 82.5 hectares of green space, including a new public park on land at Beeston Hall.

Bosses at Beyond Green previously said work will start in the middle of next year, with people moving into the first homes by spring 2016. Part of that development would be right next to the land SGP has applied to build on.

Earlier this year, Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk councils adopted the joint core strategy - a blueprint for where 37,000 homes and 27,000 jobs will be created by 2026.

• What’s your view on all the new homes proposed in and around Norwich? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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