Norwich public invited to have say on plans for UEA enterprise centre

People are being invited to have their say on plans to create a multi-million pound enterprise centre at the University of East Anglia.

Hopes are high that hundreds of high-tech jobs could be created in and around the city through the UEA project, which has secured �6m from the European Regional Development Fund.

The 4,000sqm building will be an Enterprise Centre linked to the UEA and the Norwich Research Park, to be used by businesses and the university.

It will sit on land that was formerly a council depot off University Drive at the edge of Earlham Park, Norwich.

Local people, community groups and interested parties can have their say on the proposed development at a consultation at the UEA Sportspark from 3pm until 8pm next Tuesday.

A public display of the plans will be on show and people can speak to members of the team behind the project, including representatives of UEA, developers Morgan Sindall, designers Architype, and agents for the planning application, Bidwells.

Dr Jon Carter, assistant director of UEA's research and enterprise services, said: 'This is a great opportunity for much needed expansion of the university to ensure we offer facilities which are in line with those of a world leading institution.

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'It will allow the university to enhance its support for the local economy while maintaining the value of the campus and its surrounding area to the local community.'

Consultation on the plans runs until Friday, August 31. Further details can be found at

Comments can be submitted by post to Bidwells (UEA Consultation), 16 Upper King Street, Norwich, NR3 1HA, or by email to