Norwich watchdog hails homes scheme for Greyhound Opening scandal site

An artist's impression of the £13m housing development which could be built on the former Greyhound

An artist's impression of the £13m housing development which could be built on the former Greyhound Opening site in Norwich. Pic: Norwich City Council. - Credit: Norwich City Council

A £13m development of more than a hundred homes at one of the most controversial patches of land in Norwich has been given the thumbs up by the city's civic watchdog.

Last month, nearly seven years after Greyhound Opening became mired in scandal, the city council has submitted its plans for how the area will be redeveloped.

The site made national headlines in 2008, after it emerged city council officers had moved into homes made vacant after elderly council tenants were moved elsewhere.

The homes were knocked down in 2009 and last month, the council submitted its plans for 105 homes on the 1.2 hectare site, off Greyhound Opening and Goldsmith Street, near Dereham Road.

The proposals are for 56 one-bedroom flats, four three-bedroom flats, 32 two-bedroom houses, eight three-bedroom houses and five four-bedroom houses.


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And the scheme has been handed a boost after the Norwich Society gave it a seal of approval.

The watchdog has stated, in its submission to the planning process; 'This is a well-considered scheme which we fully support.

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'It recreates the tight street-scape of traditional terraced housing into a strong and well designed contemporary form.'

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