Update February 2018
The site proposals under the Greater Norwich Local Plan were published for consultation in January and the Consultation closes on Thursday 15th March 2018. The GNLP will affect everybody since it will lead to more houses being built, many in areas that are currently green space. You can read more about the plan on the GNLP website at: http://www.gnlp.org.uk/
The site proposals for the whole of the GNLP area are at: http://www.gnlp.org.uk/site-proposals/
The site proposal maps within the Norwich City boundary identify areas which could be developed and include all the land along the west side of Bluebell Road through to the UEA. There are no sites identified in Eaton Village. The site proposal plans for Norwich can be read at: http://www.gnlp.org.uk/assets/parishes/Norwich_mapBook.pdf
The Yare Valley Society are greatly concerned about the extent of the proposals and the risk to the Yare Valley through further development. This is what they have to say:
Developers eye up green space in the Yare Valley
Enjoy a relaxing stroll in the Yare Valley? Value the wildlife of the Valley? All could change.
Many were dismayed by the controversial decision to allow Norwich Rugby Club to build a large clubhouse, road and car parking on the UEA Playing Fields. Have the developers smelt blood? They are certainly back for more, the Rugby Club included. What are they after? The woodlands between Colney Lane and the river – built on. The donkey fields between Bluebell Road and the river – built on. Just a taste of how they see the future of the Valley.
The developers are having their say. Now is the time for you to have yours!
No decisions have yet been made, and there is everything to play for. A new local Plan for Greater Norwich is being drafted. Developers are telling the Planners the sites they want to develop. Decisions will be made on which, if any, of these sites should go forward in the new Local Plan. The Planners ask for your help, before 16th March, in deciding what might be best for the community.
For the maps of the threatened areas go to http://www.gnlp.org.uk/site-proposals/, and look under Colney, Cringleford, and Keswick. (These show most of the Norwich sites as well).
You might point out to Planners the importance to you of safeguarding the integrity of the Yare Valley, (in current Local Plans it is identified as a “Strategic Green Infrastructure Corridor”), and that developers have proposed more than enough sites outside the Corridor to meet the expected growth in housing and employment needs.
As well as commenting on sites in the consultation, responses to the question on the environment would be helpful. Start at www.gnlp.org.uk.
For help and ideas see www.yarevalleysociety.org.uk. (and click Planning).
Previous posts November 2016
A new Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) was published on 4 November 2016 and sets out a number of sites identified for possible development. Sites nearest to Eaton Village include the west side of Bluebell Road from just beyond Bartram Mowers through to the UEA which is currently open green space and further areas of the UEA campus site.
At this stage the GNLP identifies potential sites for development and further processes will lead to a final list and, presumably, an opportunity for the public to have their say. The GNLP includes many green open spaces around the City which would be a great loss should development proceed on these.
Take a look at the City Council website and the proposals. There are several long documents so a lot to take in but the impact on the City and the greater Norwich area could be quite significant should this proceed in full. However, it is likely that some sites will be deemed unsuitable or that a need for community open spaces overrides the race for housing development.
Here is a link to the City Council website for the Greater Norwich Local Plan:
Here is a link to the combined plans for the submitted sites. Pages 10 to 12 set out the proposals for Eaton Ward: