Fresh plans for 1,000 new homes in Bowthorpe’s Three Score

Gwyn Jones and Bert Bremner from Norwich City Council at the Three Score development site at Bowthorpe.; Photo: Bill Smith

Gwyn Jones and Bert Bremner from Norwich City Council at the Three Score development site at Bowthorpe.; Photo: Bill Smith

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A fresh plan to build 1,000 new homes at Bowthorpe – the latest twist in a building saga which has lasted four decades – has been put forward by the city council.

Planners have come up with new designs for the estate following a consultation earlier this year.

The revised planning application is for up to 1,000 homes, a care home, a village centre with at least one local shop and parks.

Changes were made to the last planning application, which was lodged back in March, after a consultation showed the site needed better drainage.

A patch of land to the west of St Mildred’s Road will also be set aside for a bat corridor, while a second strip of land north of Bowthorpe Hall Road/Earlham Green Lane is also to be reserved for a bus area.

The council, which wants to develop the site along with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), has now advertised the application once again.

City Hall leaders agreed in November to allocate £4.7m to build the first council houses in Norwich for two decades at the Three Score site.

As part of the first phase of building at the site, the council would own 47 of the homes.

The development will be built in stages with the speed of building depending on demand and the health of the economy.

The application will now go before councillors in the new year.

The site was first earmarked for housing in 1974 and more recently has been hampered by delays.

A previous plan to sell the site to Persimmon fell through as the housing market collapsed, and the council decided to develop the site itself, along with its new partners at the HCA.

Do you have a story about Bowthorpe for the Evening News? Contact reporter Tom Bristow on 01603 772313 or email as above.

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