Developers insist plans for thousands of new houses to the north of Sprowston and Old Catton can be successful despite the tough economic conditions.

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People will get a first-look at Beyond Green’s latest ideas for land north of Norwich when the plans go on show at Sprowston’s Diamond Centre from tomorrow.

In short, the plan is to provide 3,520 houses, ensure no-one has to walk more than 400 metres to buy a newspaper or a pint of milk, and provide regular buses in and out of Norwich.

The initial aim is for bus services to Norwich every 30 minutes, reduced to every 15 minutes then every five minutes.

Studies also suggest at least 1,000 jobs could be created in businesses in the new community or because of the new community.

Jonathan Smales, executive chairman of Beyond Green, said: “Norwich is a pretty resilient economy and at its core it’s a very attractive place for people to live, with some of the fantastic things we’ve been talking about - the medieval centre, the Broads.

“If we can add to that what a lot of people have spoken to us about, and what is at the heart of Broadland District Council’s strategy, the green economy, energy technologies, different types of transport and building, this can become a real centre of excellence.

“In that regard, a real showcase for how it can be possible, without it being weird and strange and instead being a lovely place.”

A new park will be created in the grounds of Beeston Hall, while future ideas for the building, not included in the planning application, involve using it for bike hire, tea halls, conference facilities and/or a hotel.

The developer says its aim is to create plenty of green space while also finding ways of encouraging people to use alternatives to cars.

A new east-west high street through the development, which could later form an orbital route between Broadland Business Park, east of Norwich, and Norwich Airport Industrial Estate, to the north, is also suggested.

North Walsham Road could also change so vehicles are directed through a new main square in North Sprowston and Old Catton. The name for the community is not final.

It is expected 33pc of the properties will fall into the affordable housing category while Beyond Green says it will seek to offer long-term rental agreements and shared ownership deals.

This, the company says, means they will continue to develop the community rather than take-off once the building work is complete.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Broadland District Council next week - and it will take 15 to 20 years for the project to be completed if approved.

The proposal is just one that will come forward for the Greater Norwich area due to a document known as the joint core strategy.

This outlines proposals for 37,000 houses in Norwich, South Norfolk and Broadland by 2026.

Up to 10,000 houses are earmarked for Broadland, but this part of the document has not been adopted after it was successfully challenged by Stop Norwich Urbanisation (Snub) in the High Court.

Beyond Green has asked Broadland not to make a decision on its application until the JCS has been finalised.

Stephen Heard, chairman of Snub, said he welcomed another idea to the debate on how and where housing should develop in and around the city.

But he said the JCS and the northern bypass (NDR), from Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road, were “joined at the hip”, with all aspects and designs needed to be considered as one.

Mr Heard said this is because if one part of it does not happen as planned, such as the NDR, it will raise questions about the overall development of housing in the area.

He said: “It’s in the mix of one of the potential solutions to the housing need. We’ve always said that. Whether it’s the right solution or appropriate solution is difficult to say until the consultation on the JCS is completed.”

Interested parties, including councils and pressure groups, will have a chance to see the plans today at a meeting at the King’s Centre, in King Street, Norwich.

Bradley Sabberton-Coe, chairman of Old Catton Parish Council, said: “It will be interesting to see what alterations they have made.”

Bill Couzens, Sprowston Central councillor at Broadland and a member of the town council, is planning to visit today and said: “Looking at their plans, they seem to have some quite ambitious plans, which I hope if they do come to fruition will be good.

“We do need the housing. It’s always unfortunate we lose the fields but we do need the housing as well.”

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith said it is “absolutely clear” new houses were needed as people are struggling to find places to live.

She said: “The truth is, however, any development needs to be done very sensitively because it is a community matter, a democratic matter and people should have their say.”

Miss Smith added it is important the infrastructure - both roads and services, such as schools - provide for people in any new settlements.

The public exhibition will take place at the Diamond Centre, in School Lane, Sprowston, between 10am and 5pm tomorrow and 10am and 4pm on Sunday.

To view an artist’s impression of what the development will look like, see the photo gallery at the top right of this page.

21 comments

  • This development is not about providing houses for people it's about making vast sums of money for the greedy landowners and developers. Yes there is a shortage of housing but not private dwelling as there are plenty on the market at the moment that vendors can no sell. According to Beyond Green’s statement they say they will provide up to a third of the housing as affordable. I’m afraid that could do and given the governments new get out clause mean a big fat zilch. I have spoken to many people in the area in the last few days and they have all been to a man, dead set against these plans as they rightly believe these developments will blight their lives. Furthermore having witnessed the on-going Queens hill fiasco people have absolutely no faith in anybody concerned. These people continually renege on promises as we have seen far too often.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • we are just becoming an area fo the london overspill. This is not a good thing for many reasons for all local people . This will make it even harder for our young and old to get housing in their own county. These house should be built for local people only

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    milecross

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Don't worry this will never be built in your lifetime

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    billythebookie

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Please note that the EN has placed a poll on this subject hidden at the bottom of their home page. Note to EN can we not have this poll attached to the article, don't be shy!

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    Marigold

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • there will be food rationing within 10 years.riots in the streets.all because of too many people in one area.

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    bookworm

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • I am afraid the people behind these disastrous proposals have no Plan B. They were conceived in an economic boom time and seemed extremely lucrative for everyone who stood to benefit -- the Council, landowners and big developers. Now they are up to their necks in it all. I suspect that no retreat is possible without massive loss of face to Broadland Council and 'disappointment' to their commercial partners. I don't live anywhere near Spixworth and Rackheath but I really hope that development never takes place there on this scale.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • Our Parish Council has continually Pointed out the strategic errors of massive and uncalled for development in this unique area of Broadland. The economic model is flawed.These developments will not produce wealth.Please make your presentaions and concerns to your local Parish Council.

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    Alfred Townly

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Atrocious plan.

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    Mr Foxglove

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • I am not an apologist for Beyond Green, they are taking away a resource that I value. The backers of the Beyond Green project though have a strong vested interest in ensuring that this is done to their blueprint as they are saying they will at these public consultations. If it were necessary I would hope that I can be a nuisance with a vendeta (that is not a motor scooter) to those in Beyond Green who are responsible. Any other developer would have to deal with me as self appointed Chairman and only voting memebr of Stop Old Catton Killings (SOCK).

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    George Ezekial

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Lets have a poll on this EN!

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    Marigold

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • That won't give us long then BB.

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    Old Long Balls

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Absolute greed, and we have all the usual tories towing the line. Once they have a definitive number of houses required rather than one thought up by the previous government they need to spread them across the county and not in one place. As someone mentioned before we have experience of new developments (Queens hill) and all the promises that seem to be broken by developers these days.

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    Marigold

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • These people are hell- bent on destroying this area.

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    Old Long Balls

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • I always said that eventually, Spixworth will become an area of Norwich rather than a village! As for the joke about the buses being every 5 minutes, dream on, whilever First and their exorbitant pricing stucture exists, there is no chance because they are too expensive. They don't run much after 5.30 anyway do they?

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    IT Man

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Everyone on here is probably getting fed up of hearing me say exactly what Jennifer Jane has to say. There are people in this country without jobs who are gagging to move to Norfolk to take up the jobs that our councillors have bought from the areas where those people currently live so that these houses can be built. If you do not understand what has been written above do not worry, most of us in the county cannot understand it either that is why we are not on the council.

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    George Ezekial

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • i echo the majority of the above comments. I live in Old Catton and love it. Love walking out of my door to find the countryside and fields. What is lovely about the city of Norwich is that is still surrounded by beautiful countryside. Why ruin that by building slums. Because slums will be the end result. Cramming in as many people as possible in wafer thin houses towering on top of each other.

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    Sarah Trundle- Carrigan

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • We don't want more housing over this side if the city.spixworth is a village and should stay that way.your slapping concrete over all the fields.it will cause petty crime to rise.don't spoil a nice suburb.build somewhere else !!

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    thriller39

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • I have not studied assumptions as to why we need more homes in area - ie assumed birth and death rates population movement and job opportunities- but I will take those as correct. my greatest concern is we have a food shortage nationally and globally so why can anyone support use of agricultural land for housing. Food prices have increased in the last month because of climatic conditions. Heaven forbid we may have to plough up golf courses to feed the people living in the houses.

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    jennifer jane

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • There they are standing on a beautifull green field,and saying we "believe" this development will thrive.so they don,t know !

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • We don't want more housing over this side if the city.spixworth is a village and should stay that way.your slapping concrete over all the fields.it will cause petty crime to rise.don't spoil a nice suburb.build somewhere else !!

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    thriller39

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Please can it be clarified -- how much of the North Eastern Growth Triangle proposal does this represent? Will there be more?

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

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