An extra £1m will need to be spent to improve the roads and other infrastructure around RAF Coltishall if the former air base is bought by Norfolk County Council, it has emerged.

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Council leaders will be asked on Monday to agree to set aside £1m for those improvements, plus a further half a million pounds to draw up a master plan and to market the base to potential tenants and developers.

The council announced it wanted to buy the site from the Ministry of Justice this summer, following the closure of the former Battle of Britain air base in 2006.

Bosses at County Hall say if the council buys it, the base could be used to create hundreds of jobs and bring in revenue for the council.

While that deal has yet to be struck and the price tag the council intends to pay is still not publicly known, officers are asking the county council’s controlling Conservative cabinet to set aside an extra £1.5m for infrastructure, marketing and the creation of a master plan.

The council has yet to draw up specific plans, but has indicated it would like the majority of the 600 acres site leased for farming.

Former air force buildings could be turned into homes, while other buildings could be offered to businesses to buy or rent, with a heritage trail of the base’s history.

The £1m, which would be drawn from the Norfolk Infrastructure Fund, would be used in a range of ways, including upgrading road access and public utilities, making the site’s heritage available to the public, providing community woodland and carrying out contamination surveys.

Cliff Jordan, cabinet member for efficiency, said: “We have always promised we would protect local residents as far as possible from extra traffic that will be generated as the base comes to life in the longer term, while at the same time making the base attractive to businesses.

“The proposed level of investment proves we are deadly serious about making sufficient funds available to properly develop the site in the years ahead and we are suggesting a full review of the highway network be carried out.”

He said, if the council is successful in buying the site, a master plan will be drawn up for its future use.

The report also asks the cabinet to allocate £572,500 from within the council’s overall underspends for 2012/13 to fund work to draw up the master plan and to market the opportunities the council says the base will create.

13 comments

  • So - whatever it is that NCC are planning to do on the site )which is something they can't possibly reveal to the people expected to cough up for it) will require a million quid's worth of road improvements. Well that won't be so a few tractors and combine harvesters can access the land will it? It's no wonder that people don't trust politicians when they go out of their way to hide the facts. It may be that their plans for Coltishall are perfectly wonderful - but if they are kept secret or vague how can anyone judge?

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    Chris Booty

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • "to save residents from extra traffic". Is not the only road from the south the one that runs through Coltishall ?

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    Rorping

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Well, the cat's out of the bag now, new or improved roads, better access, less effect on the locals, can only be one thing, an incinerator. What possible other reason can there be for all this secrecy and underhand dealing with MOJ etc?

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    windup

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Plans have to be submitted first, not after NCC has bought the site, and why should companies site there, when at the same time Norwich new airport business park opens. NCC is now committing money to improve the f roads they should have maintained a long while ago.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • How about improving the roads around N Walsham first - filling in pot holes, giving us some decent surfaces instead of miles & miles of chippings, a by-pass to prevent huge lorries having to go through residential streets etc etc etc. The list is endless.

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    DAVID WILLGRESS

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • “The council has yet to draw up specific plans, but has indicated it would like the majority of the 600 acres site leased for farming.” Yet a few miles south they want to turn farming land into a housing estate! NCC are rotten from the top down.

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    Honest John

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Yes here comes to next incinerator battle, be prepared NE Norwich.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • curioser and curioser!! Cliff Jordan says Quote:- “We have always promised we would protect local residents as far as possible from extra traffic that will be generated as the base comes to life etc" ! Promises and protection from NCC - who'd have thought?

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    Sandy.L

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Well, the cat's out of the bag now, new or improved roads, better access, less effect on the locals, can only be one thing, an incinerator. What possible other reason can there be for all this secrecy and underhand dealing with MOJ etc?

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    windup

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • In the other article I mentioned incompetence, inability etc, I really didn;t expect to be proved right quite this soon! This, if the council gets its incompetent hands on it, will be a bloody mess. The new road, BTW will be for the incinerator they don't want to mention, just yet.

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    Windless

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • curioser and curioser!! Cliff Jordan says Quote:- “We have always promised we would protect local residents as far as possible from extra traffic that will be generated as the base comes to life etc" ! Promises and protection from NCC - who'd have thought?

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    Sandy.L

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • All inking to the N.D.R !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Yes folks, road upgrades can only mean one thing... Lots and lots of lorries going backwards and forwards to a lovely incinerator... And as Iffy Cliffy says; "if you don't like it, you can go jump up a wall!"

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    Fenscape 2

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

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