Picture gallery: Proposals for 3,500 houses north of Norwich revealed by developers

PUBLISHED: 16:48 04 October 2012

An artist's impression of what the main square in Old Catton and North Sprowston could look like

An artist's impression of what the main square in Old Catton and North Sprowston could look like


Developers have today unveiled proposals to build 3,520 houses and create more than 1,000 jobs on land north of Sprowston and Old Catton.

Two new primary schools, a library, health centre, cafes, pubs, shops and businesses have been touted under the plans put forward by Beyond Green.

The company is representing five landowners, including Norfolk County Council, and working with another, Norwich Rugby Club, to develop the application, which currently has the working title North Sprowston and Old Catton.

Further aims include creating 82.5 hectares of green space on the 207.4-hectare site, including buying Beeston Hall and opening its land as a park.

Beyond Green also wants to secure bus services in and out of Norwich every 30 minutes, with the intention of reducing this to every 15 minutes and then every five minutes as the extension nears completion.

Houses will have an average of 1.5 car parking spaces, while changes will be made to roads to create a main square for the new development.

A public exhibition on the designs will be held at the Diamond Centre, in School Lane, Sprowston, on Saturday and Sunday.

An application for outline planning permission is expected to be submitted to Broadland District Council next week.

Beyond Green says it has asked Broadland to make no decision on the application until the joint core strategy - which outlines proposals for 37,000 houses in Norwich, South Norfolk and Broadland - has been finalised.

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 in the High Court.

This has led to Broadland having to provide further evidence for their proposals.

If Beyond Green’s plans are approved, the project is expected to take between 15 and 20 years to complete.

For more information on the plans and analysis, buy tomorrow’s papers.

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