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“Their plans seem to be to build the community centres first and allow the housing to develop organically” - says councillor as plans for 3,500 homes north of Sprowston are submitted

PUBLISHED: 08:18 24 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:47 24 October 2012

Jonathan Smales, left, executive chairman of Beyond Green, and Neil Murphy, director of planning, at Beeston Hall Park which will be a country park in part of their planned 3,520 houses development in North Sprowston and Old Catton (NS&OC). Picture: Denise Bradley

Jonathan Smales, left, executive chairman of Beyond Green, and Neil Murphy, director of planning, at Beeston Hall Park which will be a country park in part of their planned 3,520 houses development in North Sprowston and Old Catton (NS&OC). Picture: Denise Bradley

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Preliminary plans for a 3,500-home development north of Sprowston have been formally submitted.

A map showing Beyond Green's proposals for land north of Sprowston and Old Catton A map showing Beyond Green's proposals for land north of Sprowston and Old Catton

Preliminary plans for a 3,500-home development north of Sprowston have been formally submitted.

The proposals, by developers Beyond Green, were revealed earlier this month and include two new primary schools, two community centres, a health centre, library and public open spaces at Beeston Park.

Up to a third of the 3,520 homes would be affordable, with the company promising that the new development, set to take 15 to 20 years to complete, would “achieve the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint”.

Beyond Green yesterday announced that an outline planning application for North Sprowston and Old Catton had been submitted to Broadland District Council.

Councillor Bill Couzens, who represents Sprowston, said he had been encouraged by the developers listening to the public, but voiced concerns over car parking and affordable housing levels.

“Beyond Green have engaged with us as councillors, and with the general public,” he said.

“Their plans seem to be to build the community centres first and allow the housing to develop organically from there.”

He said that losing countryside would be “a great shame” but that new houses were inevitable.

More than 230 people, and 70 stakeholders, attended a public exhibition in Sprowston to examine the plans. Jonathan Smales, Beyond Green chief executive, said: “We have been greatly encouraged by the way in which people in Broadland have been prepared to commit their expertise, local knowledge and time to working with us to explore opportunities for NS&OC.”

The application will be considered by Broadland District Council, though Beyond Green has requested that it is not determined until the future of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) is clarified.

The JCS had outlined a need for 33,000 new homes around Norwich by 2026, but in February the High Court ruled the policy should be re-evaluated.

Once the plans have been validated, Broadland District Council will open a formal consultation on the plans and invite comments from the public.

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