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

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.

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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.

42 comments

  • Just love the " Blue print figures " produce by our beloved councils. Pure guess work and I wonder how many fiascos they will pull out of the hat between then and now.Airfield purchases, compensation payments to private companies for doing absolutely nothing, taxpayers money to prop up private pension schemes. 27,000 jobs and 37,000 new homes? Lets assume one bread winner per household. So there will immediately 10,000 unemployed. Throw in young people of employable age, say at a conservative guess, 3,000. What a blue print by 2026 , 13000 unemployed in our region. Dream on you bunch of council twits.

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    norman hall

    Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • Lovely, new primary schools. what about high schools. We only have sprowston high school with appx 1,700 children. The school can hardly breath at the moment and needs major refurbishmentdemolishment to bring it up to date. Where will these children be educated - hellesdon is full as is thorpe.

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    Schools

    Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • near st james station london is the labour party HQ .They have laid spikes outside to stop the homeless taking shelter in their doorway

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    milecross

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • housing is probably the number one voting issue or lack of it. We need to urgently tackle the fact that mass immigration is ransacking the social housing stock ra,cially descriminating against white british people and bumping up house prices . We also have a buy to let market which is not good for first time buyers . We have a quarter of tory mps who are buy to let landlords . To sort out the housing market is not rocket science and is the backbone of a stable economy

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    milecross

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • To mention the homeless in the same breath as army veterans is quiet apt, as there are many ex forces men who could not cope on the streets. To assume, and moreover, vote for a novice party in the hope that they have any answers, is wishful thinking.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • .."37,000 new houses, 27,000 new jobs....ah! Now who is going to support the other people in the 10,000 houses where there is no job for occupants or (more likely) the 10,000 who would rather be on the 'soosh'.....afterthought, there's a lot of people waiting in Calais desperate to get to the UK and help spend our money so that's solved the occupancy problem......

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    308GT4

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • we want local housing for local people . We want housing for norfolks homeless . We want housing for army veterans. We want housing for local people first . Thats what i am voting for . VOTE UKIP

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    milecross

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Beyond Green = beyond approach. I have written to beyond Green inquiring about their house building methods, the materials they, no doubt, sustainably gather here in Norfolk, their approach to build houses that are off the sewage grid and what services they will provide in future. No answer for me means that their approach is green tinted, with not much behind it. They should tell us what they understand of the guidelines for sustainable housing, show us what they are planning and how much this will impact on others.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • It's all going to be OK, Stew, haven't you read andy's post ? It's the latest Tory Party spin; all new jobs are super-well-paid and full-time. In fact, we've never had it so good. VOTE CONSERVATIVE.

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • ….Stew brings tidings of great joy to all!.... whether they trade under one name or many!....whether they drop one name completely, or try to balance their contributions arguing or agreeing with themselves!...often the style of their differing offerings opens up the opportunity to solve the very thing they are trying to hide!....What about a truce starting with the New Year?....Contribute under one name only!... drop the others....but tell the rest of us what names you have used!.....As for this New Housing malarky....I hope those that think building more houses, will make them affordable!....Just wait until these developers announce their selling prices!...I predict that a 2 bedroom property will not be less than £150,000! ...What first time buyers, at present living in this area will be able to afford that?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • goneaway ..spork pies and larson and many more . All comments are from the same computer

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    milecross

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Houses, Airport.... now let me think for s second... I know... Coltishall..... now that would make more sense than the ridiculous solar farm that is intended for the area.... at least there wouldn't be any complaints about aircraft noise..

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    Mr T

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Not guilty to that charge Larson. I'm usually on the NCFC stories. Stew will vouch for me. I didn't understand the connection between Chilean miners and a housing development in Norwich. Unless they are all to be housed here. Anyhow I enjoy your spats with our old mate John L Norton.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I just don't get this, why would anyone want to buy a house next to a known airport??? I trust that the council will insist that there is a clause that says you cannot complain about aircraft noise in future before allowing any building. As for the mortgage issue, I do not think that interest rates will stay as low as they are in the future and a 4 or five % increase could see a lot of homes being too expensive to keep. I would think that any banker would be looking 4 or five years ahead when giving large loans to youngsters today... Just look what Russia has done with interest rates, could it happen in the UK ..... who know the future that far ahead...

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    canuk

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Not guilty to that one Larson. Usually I'm to be found on the NCFC stories (Stew will vouch for me).

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • What a confused fellow.

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    Heading for Squalor

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • "...Heading for Squalor..." and " ..Steely Dan ...". Both also known as John L Norton , along with hundreds of others. Only have one account me John. Take Xmas off mate.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Beyond Green will be obliged to provide GP surgeries (but not staff them) but have no obligation to increase hospital spaces. They will also provide new school places but not fund the staffing of them. With regard to roads, I suggest everyone reads the predicted traffic flows for the NDR for the roads into Norwich as very little traffic increase is expected for the most of the main roads. Will they force people onto public transport? Daisy, you have been listening too much to Red Ed - the latest statistics show that a very high proportion of the new jobs being created are full time, not part time or zero hours.

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    andy

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • …..Icehockeyhair!...having withdrawn my head from the sand for a brief glimpse of the outside world...I have difficulty in understanding how building more houses will make them affordable as you seem to think!...please tell me what is affordable for young people to buy...and then tell me how many of the proposed new homes will fall into that category!....If you need help, you will need only 4 fingers on one hand to arrive at the answer, and even that may be overstating the reality!...Chances are that, this development will consist of more 4 bedroom houses than the combined total of 1, 2, and 3 bedroomed properties , and 5 bedroomed houses will exceed 30! ..but why should I worry....I need none of them! ...I was just thinking of what us older folk will leave to our grandchildren!....Houses! Houses! Houses ! All over the place.... ..But little sunlight and no fresh air!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Before this announcement, I believe from reports in the EDP that total house for which planning approval and been given or applied for already exceeded the number included with the core plan. Whether they will sell or not is another matter because Beyond Green has as a stated policy that they will discourage private ownership of cars by imposing car park charges in the newly developed areas.

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    andy

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I anxiously await the announcement that the "'developers" building thousands of houses in our country are paying for extra wards at the N&N , GPs surgeries and scholarships to train medical staff. Of course the donations to the Tory party may have to suffer.

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    stormy

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Heading for S, you are usually reliably informed, but I fear you have been sold a massive pork pie this time, unless the Arch.ant IT geeks have programmed said software to exclude posts containing phrases like 'D.u.g.d.a.l.e wasting N & N budget on chasing social media ratings and hiring alpacas for publicity events; money that should be spent on patient care. After all, this is a hospital where the A&E dept. is chronically under-staffed'. Actually all comments on NHS-related stories seem to be diverted for some hands-on moderation, only appearing on-line days after the corresponding article was published. Is the software clever enough to do that ? Perhaps it could be reprogrammed to run the N & N and E.E.A.S ?

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Look, steely, mate, I'm just a comedian trying to raise awareness, innit. Try this one: compare 'Norfolk police and crime commissioner will not face criminal charges after expenses probe' with 'Schoolboy “devastated” after c0c.k.erel facing eviction from Thetford house found d.e.a.d in cage'. There aint no just.ice in this world for ordinary people, mate.

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Look, steely, mate, I'm just a comedian trying to raise awareness, innit. Try this one: compare 'Norfolk police and crime commissioner will not face criminal charges after expenses probe' with 'Schoolboy “devastated” after cockerel facing eviction from Thetford house found dead in cage'. There aint no justice in this world for ordinary people, mate.

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Martin Lewis warned just the other day that for various reasons mortgages are a ticking time bomb and sooner or later millions will get caught out big time ending any economical recovery.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Too few young people can afford to buy because too many young people are in insecure jobs with flexible hours contracts and cannot satisfy lenders of their long term ability to repay a loan. Too many houses in Norwich are obviously in the hands of property investors and are let to tenants-look at the deteriorating state of some of the very nice terraces houses to the north of the city-housing stock which should be perfect for first time buyers. Too many homes in Norwich are occupied by students-although I concede that the UEA has been building accommodation. Speculative building will not solve a housing crisis if those who need a home are not potential house buyers-if they are recently arrived in the UK or are not intending to stay in the UK. And building new homes next to the airport is showing disregard for those who might find themselves living in them.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • How does CrowdcontrolHQ which is used by Argent and is the software that people keep complaining about as regards to being censored, allow trolls like LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE to keep posting? Surely something needs to be done?

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    Heading for Squalor

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Mr Spork and Larson make about as much sense as Russell Brand.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • There really is one rule for 'them', and another for the rest of us. Compare, for example these stories in today's EDP24: 'Christmas behind bars for OAP fraudster in £77k Beccles benefits scam' (clearly not Cliff Jordan) and 'Norfolk police and crime commissioner will not face criminal charges after expenses probe'. You couldn't make it up. LOL

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • 'Farmland' ? So what! That's every greedy developers site of choice. Welcome to David Cameron's Britain. LOL

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • soz, beeston bump, but how exactly will your suggestion help Conservative-Party-donating property developers to grab more ?

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I recall the EDP reporting last summer that between Norwich City, Broadland and South Norfolk Districts, there were over 1000 inhabitable properties lying empty. The three authorities should get these occupied before even thinking about more building on greenfield greenfield sites.

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    beeston bump

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • " nrg " ? What about those Chilean miners you say were never trapped underground . Apparently it was all a scam folks. Will you be bringing back " bookworm " and " blister "for a Xmas outing as well John ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • The parish council will all be for this as it might mean a couple of extra swings on one of their parks, never mind about totally destroying Old Catton, which they seem to have made a pretty good job of doing up to now, shame on them.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Will a no winging about the airport clause be included in the planning agreement?? Because building more houses that close to the airport without is going to cause more problems for the airport.

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    el84

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • That is absolutely ridiculous as the roads in that area are nothing short of pathetic as it is.

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    Heading for Squalor

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Young people can't afford to buy houses:? REALLY? Look at the estate agent websites and see how many houses in Norfolk are less than £120k, any working couple in Norfolk should be able to afford that especially at record low interest rates. Houses are not being built because sales at that price will not cover the cost to build. Any problems for young people are more likely to be down to over cautious lending

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    JohnnyH

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Only voting for Nigel's big Brit army in May can we stop the concreting over of Norfolk, as field upon field is needed to house the unwanted migrant overspill from the failed EU fairy story. Merry Xmas to all my thousands of fansX

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    nrg

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Northampton based firm, tell them to build in there own area, and leave us alone, this is farmland

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • "we have more than enough already"? REALLY? How deep in the sand is your head? Young people cannot afford to buy houses because there are so few new houses being built!

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    icehockeyhair

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • This is "FARMLAND" leave alone !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • .....These Vandals must be stopped!!...Enough is enough!!....and we have more than enough already!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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