Final chance to have your say on plans for thousands of homes in Norwich
06:30 07 August 2012
People have been given a final chance to have their say on a blueprint for where more than 3,300 homes could be built in Norwich over the next 15 years.
More than three years in the making, the document, known as the Norwich Site Allocations and Site Specific Policies Development Plan Document, earmarks 79 sites around the city as potentially suitable for new homes, offices and shops.
Sites included in the blueprint as suitable for hundreds of new homes include St Stephens Street in the city centre, the Deal Ground at Trowse, the Heigham Water Treatment Works off Waterworks Road, Three Score at Bowthorpe, ATB Laurence Scott’s Gothic Works site off Kerrison Road and the Royal Mail offices in Thorpe Road.
But controversial proposals for homes on the former Lakenham Sports and Leisure Centre site in Cricket Ground Road, a development of 150 homes for elderly people on Bartram Mowers’ land to the west of Bluebell Road in Eaton and a plan for homes at Wensum Lodge Sports Centre were removed from the blueprint by the city council’s cabinet last month.
The council’s sustainable development panel had already requested that the Bartram Mowers and Wensum Lodge proposals be removed, but Bert Bremner, pictured, cabinet member for planning and transportation, also recommended the removal of the Lakenham site from the blueprint.
The plan yesterday went out for one final consultation, which will run until October 26. It will then have to go to the secretary of state, probably by March next year. A public examination will follow, with the blueprint adopted by autumn 2013.
Developers will still need to secure planning permission for each site, but being in the site allocations plan increases their chances of getting the green light.
Planning applications for some of the schemes, such as the Deal Ground and Three Score have already been lodged, while a number, such as Westlegate House’s conversion into flats, have already been granted approval.
The documents the council is planning to submit can be seen at City Hall from 9am until 5pm and in the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library at The Forum. They can also be seen on the council’s website at www.norwich.gov.uk
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