Developers submit proposals to create a new community with 3,520 houses north of Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:22 23 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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Plans to create a new community with more than 3,500 houses north of Norwich have been submitted today.

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

Developer Beyond Green hopes to secure outline planning permission for the development, which they say will include two new primary schools, a library, health centre, cafes, pubs, shops and businesses.

The land is a 207.4-hectare site to the north of Sprowston and Old Catton, with 82.5 hectares earmarked for green space.

There are 3,520 houses proposed, of which 33pc are designated as affordable housing.

Beyond Green, which is representing five landowners including Norfolk County Council, claims 1,000 jobs will be created in, or because of, the new community.

They expect the project to take between 15 and 20 years to complete.

In this period, it is estimated 200 construction jobs every year will be on offer.

Questions have been raised about access and demand for the new houses. A public exhibition on the plans was held in Sprowston earlier this month.

Broadland District Council will have to validate the planning application before further details of the development emerge and a public consultation can take place.

Jonathan Smales, executive chairman of the Beyond Green Group, said: “We had a great turnout at the exhibitions last week, with over 230 members of the public and over 70 stakeholders attending the events.

“This input will continue to be invaluable should this project proceed; now that the application has been submitted we will renew our efforts to engage and involve, looking for people to input into proposals and for those who want to become actively involved in the delivery of this development.”

More reaction on these plans to follow.

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