Bowthorpe: £2.75m blueprint for parks, greens and gardens revealed

Bowthorpe Hall. An investment plan could see the parkland leading up to the hall restored.

Bowthorpe Hall. An investment plan could see the parkland leading up to the hall restored.

A blueprint for how £2.75m could be spent on new allotments, parks, gardens and a community green on the edge of Norwich will come before councillors tonight.

Under the proposals, money from developers would be used to create and improve open spaces in Bowthorpe.

Norwich City Council says the investment plan is needed to make better use of the range of what officers describe as 'underused' open spaces in the area.

It comes after the council's planning committee recently agreed plans for up to 1,000 new homes to be built at Three Score – the final phase of the development.

Officers at City Hall say the investment plan will provide for the needs of people who move into those new homes and mitigate for the impact of that development on the nearby marshes.

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In a report which will come before members of the controlling Labour cabinet at a meeting tonight, officers state: 'This plan features a series of projects to improve existing open spaces and create new ones, so that the council can use its funds and land in the most effective way.'

The money for the projects would come from a mix of contributions from developers and from the city council's own budgets.

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Council officers say many of the projects will not happen for several years. When planning permission for the final phase of Three Score was granted last week, families raised concerns over a bus route through the development, saying it could put children at risk.

They were also concerned passengers on double-decker buses would be able to see into their homes and gardens.

What do you think of the proposals? Write to Norwich Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email

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