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Kick-start for 1,000 homes on the edge of Norwich

Leaders at Norwich City Council are set to kick-start a development of 1,000 homes on the edge of Norwich. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Leaders at Norwich City Council are set to kick-start a development of 1,000 homes on the edge of Norwich. Photo: Nick Butcher.

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The building of the first of 1,000 homes on the edge of Norwich is about to move a huge step nearer, with a key decision set to kick-start one of the most long-awaited developments in the city.

City councillors will meet next week to agree a concept plan for the scheme at the Three Score site in Bowthorpe, the last remaining piece of land not yet developed under a blueprint forged for the area in the 1970s.

As well as approving consultation on the possible mix of homes at the first part of the 79-acre site to be developed, the Labour-controlled cabinet at Norwich City Council will also consider whether to create a community trust to look after the green space and community facilities at the site.

The Three Score site is the last remaining piece of land in Bowthorpe not yet developed under a plan forged for the area in the 1970s.

As well as the 1,000 homes and community facilities, the site will also include a care home. Outline planning permission was secured in June last year and work has started on site for the £19m, 172 unit, housing with care and dementia care scheme being provided by Norsecare.

But the next step will be the building of the homes themselves, with council officers unveiling concept plans for the first 176 homes, which the city council will build at a cost of £13.2m.

The council says their analysis is that there is a strong demand for flats and also a need for larger homes, so the proposals are for: 26 one-bedroom flats; 16 two-bedroom flats; 60 two-bedroom houses; 47 three-bedroom houses; 21 four-bedroom houses and six five-bedroom houses.

The concept designs see the homes designed along a network of streets, with green corridors and open space. Some of the homes have private gardens, with parking on street.

The homes would be a mix of private homes for sale and rent, plus social housing.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “These plans coming to cabinet is an exciting moment in the development at Three Score.

“The aim has always been to create a robust and sustainable means of delivering and funding homes for Norwich well into the future.

“At the meeting committee members will consider the report and its recommendations in the context of optimising benefits for the city.”

The cabinet will be asked to approve the concept plans so they can form part of public consultation, with letters to be sent to about 250 properties nearby.

Following responses, a planning application is due to be submitted in January next year.

The cabinet will also be asked to consider whether a community trust could be created to manage the open spaces and other communal facilities on the entire site.

The report states: “The way this might operate in practice would be for the council to gift property to the trust. This could involved a house which is available for private rent. The rental income would therefore be used to pay for the ongoing maintenance of the public open space and other facilities.”

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14 comments

  • Yes, Norfolk John. My very favourite part of Bowthorpe is Monkey Island where even the bravest dare not go. I canvassed there once and a group of boys threatened to set their pitbull on my Labrador puppy and my young daughter. Fun times. Never set foot in Bowthorpe again. Labour can have it.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • Buy flipper futures. Everyone buying there will have to be given a pair of flippers to access their houseboats, sorry, homes. It is incredibly damp. Just look at the vegetation. It is all marsh varieties of grass and other plants. Are they bonkers or something?

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    alecto

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • More homes for eastern europeans! yay!

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    Parsnip

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • Tired of Archent passing on the line that its fine to build Three Score because ble ground they've meant to for ages - it was ceased originally because of the unsuitable ground, but now, alkong with NDR, rackheath etc, NCC, GNDP et al are simply cashing in, the land is stable now apparantly because the bucks are bigger, never mind that unbuilt common ground is about the best thing in Bowthorpe

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • Yes , GoneAway, a very different sort of person - just drive through Mile Cross or the Larkman if you have any doubts.

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    Norfolk John

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • same old norwich city LABOUR council . No promise that local people will get this new housing . You only get what you vote for

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    milecross

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • @ Steely Dan - Why? And why?

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    GoneAway

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Five beds, not going to have any ASBOs then !!!!

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    London in Norfolk

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Tend to agree with Norfolk John. Anyway we should really be demolishing houses not building more.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • @ Norfolk John - Why is that, then? Exactly? Different 'sort' of people? A few details would be interesting... Perhaps you'd prefer ghettoes, nicely delimited and controlled. Walls. Barbed wire. Watchtowers, perhaps. Badges sewn on arms?

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    GoneAway

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Council owned and private housing don't mix - haven't the planners learned from the existing developments at Bowthorpe?

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    Norfolk John

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • I trust theses will be built well above ground level, to save being flooded and possible subsidence on boggy ground

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Council privately renting their property for maintenance etc.This is not Labour Party socialism disgraceful behaviour.Where will this sort of thing end,National Health Service?

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    PaulH

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Long awaited by whom? Not many I think and all down to down to the chronic infrastructure in this county. Sort the infrastructure out before you keep building, that's my message to you.

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    Catton Man

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

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