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Decision due over more than 300 homes next to Norwich City's Carrow Road stadium

PUBLISHED: 06:30 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:26 07 February 2018

More than 70 homes could be built between the river and Laurence Scott's site. Pic: Adrian Judd.

More than 70 homes could be built between the river and Laurence Scott's site. Pic: Adrian Judd.

Archant Norfolk 2010

A £48m project to build more than 300 new homes just a stone's throw away from Norwich City Football Club's Carrow Road stadium could be about to take a major step forward.

An earlier artist's impression of the Carrow Quarter. The designs have been through some changes since. Pic: Broadland Housing Association.An earlier artist's impression of the Carrow Quarter. The designs have been through some changes since. Pic: Broadland Housing Association.

A vision for a new ‘Carrow Quarter’ near the Canaries’ stadium was first mooted back in 2010, and Broadland Housing Association is hoping a positive decision over two planning applications tomorrow will enable work to begin later this year.

But there are objections, with concerns raised that new homes will add to travel problems for people already living nearby.

Planning permission for 250 apartments - next to the already built flats and apartments in Geoffrey Watling Way, was granted to Broadland Housing Association in 2012.

At tomorrow’s meeting of Norwich City Council’s planning committee, councillors will be asked to approve some tweaks to the scheme, including to the design and the mix of flats.

Green city councillor Lesley Grahame. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYGreen city councillor Lesley Grahame. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

But they will also consider a separate application for 73 flats on land between the river and the Laurence Scott building, which had been used as a car park by the football club. The club’s main car park behind the South Stand is not affected.

Those flats would be a mix of 27 one bedroom flats and 46 two bedroom flats. And that has prompted a dozen objections, with people living nearby concerned it will add to traffic problems in the area.

Lesley Grahame, Green city councillor for Thorpe Hamlet, who lives nearby, said: “While I support the principle of building homes on unused sites, I fully endorse the concerns and share the frustrations of my neighbours who find the traffic situation intolerable already.”

But council officers are recommending approval.

Flashback to 2006 when the first flats on Geoffrey Watling Way were taking shape. .
Picture by Mike Page.Flashback to 2006 when the first flats on Geoffrey Watling Way were taking shape. . Picture by Mike Page.

They acknowledge the concerns about transport, but say the development will be ‘low car’.

They said: “Concerns regarding congestion are noted and understood. Congestion at the junction of Carrow Road with Canaryfields occurs at peak times, predominantly due to congestion on the main road network that is routine.

“Regeneration of Carrow Quarter has been subject to a masterplan that sought to deliver housing development on the basis of ‘low car’ provision to seek to minimise congestion.”

The committee will meet at City Hall at 9.45am.

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