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Nesting birds prompt early work at £19m A47 junction

15:32 05 February 2014

Aerial picture of the proposed site of the Postwick hub. Photo: Mike Page

Aerial picture of the proposed site of the Postwick hub. Photo: Mike Page

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Early coppicing work is to start on the A47 side slopes next week, so that work on a controversial £19m junction scheme on the edge of Norwich does not disturb nesting birds.

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Last month, the government gave the green light for changes to the A47 junction to the east of Norwich to create what will be known as the Postwick Hub.

A number of slip roads will be closed on and off the A47, to be replaced by new roads and roundabouts. It will also serve the proposed Broadland Gate business park, which developers say could create up to 3,000 jobs.

Following publication of the orders, there is a six week period (ending on March 14) in which anyone objecting to the Secretary of State’s decisions on legal grounds can challenge the decision in the High Court.

Meanwhile, coppicing work is being carried out to ensure nesting birds are not disturbed when the main works begin later in the year.

The junction, which would serve as the gateway to the Norwich Northern Distributor Road, has many critics.

Almost 125 people had objected against the scheme, saying it was over-engineered, a waste of money, would cause traffic problems and would lead to communities nearby being swamped with homes.

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6 comments

  • It's common knowledge that economic activity and its growth are the principal drivers of massive environmental decline.

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    Bloater

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Broadland business park has already got empty units so what is the point of building more just to stand empty?

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    I LoveNorfolk

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • It says "Almost 125 people had objected against the scheme,....." which means many tens of thousands haven't objected.

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    Carol Barnes

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Where's does progress stop?

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Developers say that the proposed Broadland Gate business park could create up to 3,000 jobs. But the existing Broadland Business Park has mostly taken jobs from the centre of Norwich, resulting in empty office blocks and longer commutes for staff living in the city. Broadland Gate is likely to do the same, as well as trash yet more countryside on the edge of Norwich.

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    DrJB

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Why have the British become so negative about things. It progress and should be welcomed.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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