Five things we learned this week

NDR (Norwich Northern Distributor Road) sign unveiling goes wrong...

NDR (Norwich Northern Distributor Road) sign unveiling goes wrong... - Credit: Archant

Here's a look back on some of the stories we covered on the EDP and Evening News websites this week.

• The NDR sign unveiling didn't quite go to plan

People involved in the project to build a 12.5-mile dual carriageway from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 north-west of the city gathered to unveil a sign. Or at least attempted to, as the troublesome piece of material covering it got stuck at the photocall, eventually revealing the sign after a short struggle.

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• Plans for a new supermarket in Norwich include an unusual roof

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Revised proposals for a controversial new superstore in Norwich have been lodged which could see the roof of the shop covered with grass. Plans were originally lodged in 2014, but ran into opposition because of concerns it would add to more traffic on Ketts Hill and Riverside Road.

Lidl has now lodged another set of revised proposals to the city council, addressing concerns such as the arrangement of the car parking and location of the plant compound.

Another revision is that the 26,622 sq ft building would have a roof of grass, to address concerns about views from Ketts Hill and nearby.

• A Norwich gym sent out the wrong kind of message

A Norwich gym apologised after an email filled with 'disturbing content' was sent out to its members. The Gym, based on Little London Street, mistakenly distributed a expletive-filled text message conversation between two people. The email was instead meant to contain details about an open week.

• TV cameras have been allowed inside Norwich Prison

A new documentary is set to lift the lid on life behind bars at Norwich Prison. The programme, Her Majesty's Prison: Norwich, will provide a fly-on-the-wall type insight into the harsh realities of life at the Knox Road jail which houses more than 750 adult inmates and young offenders.

• The number of homes planned in and around Norwich was revealed

Communities fed up with the site of diggers and construction sites are likely to be in for years of more work. Statistics from the GNDP reveal that, as of last March, planning permission had been granted for 20,014 homes which were as yet unbuilt.

While work has since started on some, the worst-affected areas include Hethersett, which had 60 homes built and 1,366 more approved, and Broadland's growth triangle near Rackheath, which had permission for 5,821 homes and just 186 built.

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