Development of former RAF Coltishall base could be speeded up

David Fyffe of Scottow Solar Ltd at the Scottow Moor Solar Park on the Norfolk County Council-owned

David Fyffe of Scottow Solar Ltd at the Scottow Moor Solar Park on the Norfolk County Council-owned Scottow Enterprise Park, located on the former RAF Coltishall airbase.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Norfolk County Council is hoping to hasten development and job creation on the former RAF Coltishall site by looking at change-ofuse applications being discussed in bulk rather than individually.

Views from the control tower at the former RAF Coltishall. Photo: Bill Smith

Views from the control tower at the former RAF Coltishall. Photo: Bill Smith

The authority's economic development sub committee will be asked to support the idea – to regenerate 67 buildings not currently let – at a meeting on September 21 in County Hall.

North Norfolk District Council and Broadland District Council, which make planning decisions for the county council-owned site now known as Scottow Enterprise Park, have to agree on the concept.

The change-of-use applications would be for buildings in the technical and former munitions storage area and the use of the runway and perimeter track.

Councillors will be told these proposals could create between 100 and 300 jobs.


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Colleen Walker, committee chairman, said: 'We are looking for a bulk structure so we can save time on planning applications. There is quite a lot going on at the site and I'm impressed by the speed of movement. We are looking to do more.'

The committee will also be told the site's trading performance in the 2014/15 financial year was £335,546 – better than budgeted for. It is expected to generate an income of £993,000 in the 2015/16 financial year.

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