Work on 3,500 new homes north of Norwich to start next year

Work is set to start on the Beyond Green development next year. Work is set to start on the Beyond Green development next year.

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Thursday, April 17, 2014
12:20 PM

Developers behind a scheme which will see 3,500 homes built to the north of Norwich have revealed the first people are set to move in within two years.

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Broadland District Council gave the go-ahead last autumn for the Beyond Green development in Sprowston and Old Catton, with officers acknowledging the homes would change the face of the area forever.

Two new primary schools, a library, health centre, cafés, pubs, shops, a hotel and businesses also form part of the scheme which was granted outline planning permission by Broadland councillors.

It will see the transformation of more than 207 hectares of land to the north of Sprowston and Old Catton, between Wroxham Road and St Faiths Road.

The plans were put forward by Beyond Green, representing a group of five landowners, including Norfolk County Council and also include creating 82.5 hectares of green space, including a new public park on land at Beeston Hall.

Bosses at Beyond Green have revealed they are working on the detailed planning and design. They said work will start in the middle of next year, with people moving into the first homes by spring 2016.

The scheme has generated opposition, with Sprowston Town Council among those who raised concerns about the scale of the development and about flooding.

But Neil Murphy, from Beyond Green, said: “North Sprowston and Old Catton is intended to be a blueprint for a place that offers a high quality of life with a very small carbon footprint, combining proven features of places people like – such as proper streets, accessible local services and well-built adaptable homes – with the best of contemporary sustainable design.”

The project has been shortlisted for a Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Excellence Award, having been nominated by Beyond Green and Broadland District Council.

Shaun Vincent, portfolio holder for planning at Broadland District Council, said: “We continue to support the right type of development in the right locations.”

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24 comments

  • These homes are much needed and will help alleviate the current housing price bubble the government has caused by boosting demand without increasing the necessary supply.Rapidly rising house prices might seem good news for the baby boomer generation but it is not for many of their children and grandchildren.The boost to much needed jobs in construction is welcome too.I hope local workers are given first option of the jobs available.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • These homes are not for the benefit of local people ...these homes will be sold to greedy landlords and greedy southerners moving up here to make a quick buck ! tear down all the trees and put up a parking lot then put all the trees in a tree museum !

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    norfolk bird

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • @ sandra hughes. 70% of food in the UK is imported anyway and did you see the News last week that we the people of England waste 15,000,000,000 tonnes of food each year., so why should we have more fields for growing when for one the land could be put to better use such as Homes, Industry, Windfarms and Solar Farms and another this will create more food waste.

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    MickB1

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • 19 comments in one evening...keep them coming! The Easter bunny brings houses, traffic and grief.

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    Captain awkward

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • They were saying on local tv this morning, that it is to be a new town. 3,500 new houses to be built!! Hmmm. With the thousands of new houses to be built in the WymondhamHethersett area, then that area could become a city by comparison!!!! Either way, too many houses with too few jobs and poor infrastructure.

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    Beezageoff

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Sustainable??? There is insufficient power supplies available, insufficient water resources and of course the N&N is not being expanded either. With regard to the NDR, the planners have projected that their will be a negligible increase in traffic into Norwich down the main direct routes from this development. Are they going to force the new inhabitants to use public transport? Beyond Green equals beyond belief!!!

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    andy

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • What is Localism? - If what local people want is the same as that which Big Business and Big Government wants, then that's heralded as localism at work . If not then local people are clearly just selfish ill informed NIMBIES who cant see the bigger picture and deserve to be ignored. Localism - a political philosophy for all seasons!

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    Edmund Allenby

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • They don't care what you think as you just don't count.

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    Old Long Balls

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • There is no demand for so many new houses because there are already new-build homes around Norwich that have remained unsold for YEARS.

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    I LoveNorfolk

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • I find it somewhat ironic and a back handed compliment maybe that Councillor Vincent is using the same mantra that SNUB was using in 2008 when we clearly stated that we were for the right level of development in the right place. Unfortunately these houses are the wrong type of houses in the wrong place. They are being built to provide much needed Community Investment Levy (CIL) which will be needed to fund the gap of the NDR finances. However the NDR is not a done deal yet as the Planning Inspector has to have his say and the omens are not good for NCC as the process has been flawed from the very start. Without the NDR there is no Joint Core Strategy (JCS), the authorisation for these houses to be built, and without the JCS there is no NDR. The JCS part of the North East Growth Triangle (NEGT) still has some major modifications to be made for it to be legally sound and I see no sign of these being made. It is therefore somewhat presumptuous of Councillor Vincent and his cronies at BDC to be making public statements when there is a real possibility that the JCS could well be scrapped.

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    SNUB

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • 'BEYOND GREEN' how very aptly named, as here comes concrete, congestion and water shortages, to name but a few.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Local democracy is dead unless you vote for UKIP. The KL incinerator proved that.

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    Barbara

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Done deal indeed. With the County Council as one of the landowners there was never a chance that this would be turned down despite the objections of local people, Also nice to see that Beyond Green are nominating themselves for an award,

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    Big_Olly

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • This was a done deal right from the start, why do I hear people of the likes of Cameron who is continually stating " It should be up to local people where new homes are built"? Well it isn't and democracy stinks. When you have property developers funding major political parties, you don't stand a chance. Hey lets ruin Norfolk we don't live there.

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    Old Long Balls

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • The number of homes being built throughout Britain is only a drop in the ocean required, homes being built because of relentless immigration, thousands upon thousands, wave after wave, when the people of this country do eventually wake up it will be far too late.

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    John Bridge

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • John Rome, couldn't agree more, this is the real reason for the NDR. An ill conceived idea creating 1000's of extra cars and will they use the NDR, hell no, they'll still use the congested roads to the west, Drayton, Old Costessey etc. to get to the bypass. Sure to be some councillors somewhere doing well out of this.....

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    Hangon_ralph

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • This land is currently growing crops, it is prime fertile agricultural land, currently the UK cannot feed its own population so how will it manage when these fields and others nearby are concreted over. There are many brownfield sites throughout Norfolk that can be used for housing, schools etc. Examples being Anglia Square, the derelict sites along the A47 and those in Wroxham. Once this land has gone it will never be able to return to its current state.

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    sandra hughes

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Which councillors have the vested interests ?

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    "V"

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Well simply looking at the photo above it reminds me of the horrible Bus Station Travelodge and what they called state of the art.

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    norwichlad23

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • OK 2 new primary schools but what about senior school? There will be no places at the local senior schools such as Sprowston High, Sewell Park etc And will there be a lot more jobs for these people?

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    JEN

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Thats the eco village development that did not have the decency to answer an email as to the methods, materials and site specifics I asked of them, last year. I question their use of materials, their claim to sustainability and their propaganda about their old fashioned houses to be build. These houses could be build for less than 80K if the right materials be sourced, here in Norfolk, but I doubt that farmers have been asked to store straw, I doubt that therse houses will be self sufficient in energy and water supply, I doubt that the sewage methoids chosen are sustainable and don't rely on a whitlingham expansion.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Now we know for certain the real reason for the NDR. I hope their plans will include a brickweave driveway, cable TV, and all the other services out of sight!

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    Joe Rome

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Well that should take care of about 7000 people on the waiting list hoping to buy an affordable home. By the way, perhaps Beyond Green could tell us the proposed cost of an affordable home!

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    Joe Rome

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Simple arithmetic 3500 Homes+7000 extra cars=gridlock

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    grounded

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

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