Campaigners against the £148.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road intend to show a panel of planning inspectors that the route will make congestion around the city worse.

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Norfolk County Council wants to build the 19.5km road from the A47 at Postwick in the east of the city to the A1067 Fakenham Road to the northwest.

They say it will improve journey times, stop rat-running and congestion and bring an economic boost.

The government has agreed to contribute £86.5m and fast-tracked it through the planning system.

A panel of planning inspectors will start an examination into the road next week and will then recommend to the secretary of state whether the road should get consent.

As part of those hearings, the Norwich and Norfolk Transport Action Group intends to present evidence that the road will make traffic conditions worse.

The group has commissioned Professor Phil Goodwin, who holds honorary professorships at Oxford University, University College London and the University of the West of England to act as expert witness at the examination.

In his report, based on the council’s own traffic modelling, he says that, by 2032, with the road in place: “Congestion will be worse than it is now, journey times longer, more people will live close to excessive traffic and public transport to the city centre will be slower.”

A county council spokesman said: “Prof Goodwin’s assessment is one of 113 written representations to the examining authority that is considering the NDR proposals in detail.

“Norfolk County Council is in the process of reviewing these representations, and comments upon Prof Goodwin’s assessment will be submitted to the Examining Authority on July 21.”

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16 comments

  • Please don't let the rent-a-mob eco-warrior brigade on their outrage bus keep us in the 1950's.

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    Canary

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • David Cameron on BBC’s Countryfile programme in 2012 stated, “Our vision is one where we give communities much more say, much more control. The fear people have in villages is a great big housing estate being plonked down from above”. This just what is happening all round Norwich with most houses being “plonked” to the North and East of Norwich against the clearly expressed views of local residents, parishes and businesses consulted by NCC last summer. Once the proposed improvements to the A11 and A47 are completed Norfolk will be served by a modern road system. Tourists and businessmen from other parts of the UK will be able to traverse the county easily and rapidly from West to East. The North Norfolk coast can already be accessed from the North, Midlands and South West without coming near Norwich. The middle sized regional airport already has a reasonable road access and much of the offshore industry has a helicopter service that does not use roads. None of the above indicates the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) is needed or will be a road of national importance. The thousands of houses and associated business and retail parks planned around the NDR would generate around 100,000 new traffic movements a day. One of the conclusions by Professor Goodwin is that, "According to the County’s appraisal, by 2032 the NNDR Scheme will reduce congestion, speed up traffic, remove excessive traffic from inappropriate roads, and public transport will improve to the city centre. However, exactly the same figures show that by 2032, with the Scheme, congestion will be worse than it is now, journey times longer, more people will live close to excessive traffic, public transport to the city centre will be slower. Peoples’ concerns about misinformation from NCC on the NDR appear vindicated. There are ample opportunities for our young people or else the University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Hethel Engineering, Norwich University Technical College, Norwich University of the Arts, Easton and Otley College, College of West Anglia, Gt. Yarmouth College, National Construction College Bircham Newton and host of businesses have been misleading us. Do we need so many new houses? In Norfolk a significant part of any housing shortage is largely artificial, mainly as a result of developers not building houses for which they have had permission. Some 20,000 houses have planning permission in Norfolk but are unbuilt and over 11,000 houses are empty. In the JCS area, there are over 11,000 houses with planning permission but unbuilt and the EDP has reported 4000 empty homes in and around Norwich. The Greater Norwich Development Partnership has stated that inward migration from the EU will be the driving force for housing demand. This appears to be supported by a Norfolk County Council Demographic study in 2012 that stated there were some 50,000 registrations for national insurance from overseas nationals who came to Norfolk in the year ending March 2011. Many of these will be hard working people contributing to the local economy but there is something fundamentally wrong with the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) where apparently thousands of future jobs have to rely on migrant workers and plans to build thousands of homes to house them. How many jobs? What type of jobs? These seem to be unanswered questions. At the JCS 2013 Inquiry, the Campaign to Protect Rural England demonstrated that government population projections indicated that the JCS target of 37000 new houses round Norwich could be reduced by 11,320 houses. Both the Inspector and the Greater Norwich Development Partnership agreed these figures. If a significant proportion of this potential reduction of 11,320 houses were to be applied to the growth proposed North and East of Norwich there would no need for the proposed NDR and swathes of the countryside and productive farmland would not be lost.

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    GMARTIN

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • If you don’t want the money - or the bypass - we will gladly take here in Ipswich. We have the A14 Orwell Bridge full to capacity and Britain biggest container port (and 30,000 local jobs) under threat from competition from London Gateway (which has all motor way connections). All Suffolk County Council and the Anglia LEP could dish up was £2m for Ipswich's antiquated streets, ironically enough a lumpsum for Norwich Road (we cant help feeling the LEP misread the application form and thought it was just another Norwich Road they wanted to throw money at) !!

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    Mark Ling

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • The air pollution was particularly crunchy this morning.It must be the diesel particulates.This Norwich air is so good for you,it should be sold in jars.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • .....I'm a NIMBY of sorts!....My back yard is OK as it is!.....What part of this county does that Steady On character live?....you can bet your bottom dollar it' s not to the North or East of Norwich....Logically new development should be on the escape route...south of the southern by pass!....GT Yarmouth is some body else's problem...The NDR is unlikely to solve that!....They will be wanting us to build for immigrants next!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • No, its about the fact there is no infrastructure at all. Give me one good reason the acle straight isn't dualled? Some newt in a hedgerow? It has literally choked Yarmouth to death for decades. That's an example of lack of infrastructure It's small town thinking, lack of ambition and fear of change that holds this county back an we need to start building things and making progress rather than wistfully looking out at the broads and just "making do". Lets make this county GREAT before we are completely out of the equation compared with the rest of the country.

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    Steady On

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • It seems to me that we live in an overpopulated world made worse by the constant need to expand and to get bigger and better. Likewise, every tin pot businessman simply looks at how he can make the next million pounds irrespective to the damage to the environment. I have no problem with Norfolk remaining a little backwater but recognise that traffic congestion is too high around the north of the city. Such a shame that we cannot have the NDR without having to accept yet more housing, partly to accommodate an ever-increasing migration from other parts of the EC. Having been to Hong Kong on a couple of occasions I sincerely hope that this little island of ours does not end up the same as that urban jungle. If only we could find a leader who could look into ways of improving the environment, and for me that includes a better road network, without this insane drive to constant expansion of everything.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • …..Hope planning permission will be given for a Tea Stall somewhere along the way...That could find employment for a redundant Tea lady ….It could be called 'One Stop'...cos customers would never return!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • ....."The NDR is going Nowhere!"...Quotation by some one- not important- on another subject when talking about other impending movement...It's come to life on here now Brew!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Steady On - isn't it more about "poorly planned" or "badly maintained" infrastructure? The NDR will not join up both ends. The Postwick end is overengineered and will cause confusion for those leaving Norwich via the Yarmouth road. The Taverham end will lead to rat-running to the A47 through Taverham and Costessey or Weston Longville. Nor will it make a lot of difference to journeys, as it's a circular route rather than an improvement to the radial direction that most vehicles want to move in. With the modern world and ways of working, more should be looked at in regard to fibre broadband to make home-working a reality, which would cut down on commuter miles. It's not about NIMBYism, it's about taking a good look at what the aims and reasons are, what they really intend to achieve, rather than the platitudes that the gullible accept, and rejecting what doesn't deliver for the people who will ultimately pay for it.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Development in this county is constantly rejected and slowed down by people threatened by change and those with self interests they feel will be damaged. Most commonly, house prices. Really shows up the insular "Are you local?" attitude of some Norfolk people. I wouldn't stop at the NDR, we need development of all areas of infrastructure to make Norfolk a feasible competitive area in the UK. If we do not develop it will become sleepier and more yokel than it is already. Perfect for the retirees and ex-pat Londoners but not so great for the young people that are meant to support them with jobs.

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    Steady On

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Cor blimey that's going to get CPRE, SNUB, NNTAG, Carlo and the Sandals & Knit Your Own Yoghurt Brigade going some. I reckon that will mean a new group to ban Virgins from Norfolk. We could also sell Coltishall to Branson but I forgot there is a no fly zone over North Walsham

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    Arkle

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • All valid and true comments posted so far and as any idiotic fool can see the potential for rat running through Taverham, Drayton and Costessey is enormous and inevitable. Despite prohibition signs on the roads banning HGVs they already cut through from the Fakenham Road to get on to the A47 on country village roads not suitable. If this road has to be built it must join up with the Southern by pass otherwise like the other roads around Norwich it will not achieve a fraction of it's aims. Why can the lowly serfs see it but the educated??? classes cannot?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • Well this is all par for the course. We have an inner ring road thats not quite complete. We have the original outer ring road that wasn't quite complete. And it seems that with the new NDR that won't quite complete to form an outer ring road.

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    Carol Barnes

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • I do wish the County Council, the District Councils and their chums who stand to benefit handsomely from this ridiculous scheme would shut up. There will be more rat runs, more congestion and the only economic advantage will be fleeting and only an advantage to those who will build the nasty little boxes around this road. This road whose only reason for existence is the nasty little boxes that are being built around it. If you want economic advantage in Britain you go to the south east or to the midlands where the communications are so much better. You don't start up business on the wrong side of Norwich in a sleepy county that is ill placed to have anything apart from biotechnology and that is already up and running and on the right side of Norwich. You may as well start up an industry in the Scilly Isles as the east side of Norwich.

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    alecto

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • It'll be dismissed as NIMBYism by commentators on this website as well as the city & council officials. Then, in five years when the city has expanded to include Horsford, Horsham and Rackheath with journeys taking twice as long, they'll say "We need an outer, outer, outer ring road!"

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Monday, July 14, 2014

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