KEEP OUR VALLEY GREEN

Yare Valley Society is saying KEEP OUR VALLEY GREEN in a campaign to promote participation in the latest Local Government consultation on the Greater Norwich Local Plan. The consultation will run from the 29 January to the 16 March 2020. It will be available on line, but you can make a paper response if you wish. A number of CONSULTATION ROADSHOWS will take place. The Yare Valley Society has put up Posters on Noticeboards in the Yare Valley area to ask those who care for the valley to:

Say what you like, say what you don’t like in the

Visit a CONSULTATION ROADSHOW*

Question the intrusion of building development into the Yare Valley Green Space adjacent to Bluebell Road, Norwich.     (Site GNLP 0133 – E) 

Find information at the GNLP website, and Yare Valley Society comments on the consultation.

Tell your friends.

*Consultation Roadshows local to the Yare Valley are at:                            Cringleford Willow Centre, Tuesday 4 February 2 – 8 pm                              Costessey Centre, 13 February 2 – 8 pm                                                                    Norwich, The Forum, 26 February and 5 March 2 – 8 pm                                      North Wymondham Community Centre, 14 February 2 – 8 pm                             

For a full list of the roadshows go here.

Greater Norwich Draft Local Plan delayed

You may have been wondering what has happened to the consultations on a new Greater Norwich Local Plan. Many of us put much effort in to responding to the earlier consultation on sites proposed for development. We were seriously concerned about the impact some of the proposed sites would have on wildlife and informal recreation in the Yare Valley. The completion and publication of a draft plan for submission to the next stage of public consultation was scheduled for September to October 2019.

It now seems that there are outstanding issues still to be resolved by the partner authorities: Norwich, Broadland, and South Norfolk district councils. The date now expected for the draft plan public consultation stage is now January – March 2020. You can find more information on the new Greater Norwich Plan here.

Have your say on UEA “Sky House”

Now is your chance to influence the detail of the planning application UEA will be submitting for their Sky House. Do not miss the Public Consultation on Thursday 6th June from 4.00 to 7.00 pm in the Foyer Area on the ground floor of the Enterprise Centre (car parking is available in the Main Campus car park).

The Sky House, has been announced as a new multi-storey academic building to serve as an innovative centre for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It will be located at the intersection of University Drive and Chancellors Drive and be designed as a new gateway and destination building for UEA. Find out more here.

The YVS will be examining the proposals closely to assess the impact on the Yare Valley. Please let YVS know of any of your concerns – but it is also important you respond personally to the UEA consultation.

Three new threats to the Valley: 14th December Deadline

Greater Norwich Local Plan Consultations

Three new development sites that impact on the Yare Valley Green Space have been added to the list of sites already consulted upon.

The new consultation that includes the three sites will close at 5 pm on Friday 14th December.

YVS ask all concerned about the future of the Valley to respond without delay to the consultation.

To make responding easier, the details for the three sites are collected in a single document to download here.

Please write in to say how important the Yare Valley green space is to you, for informal recreation, for the protection of wildlife, for the well-being of our community, and that you support the policies that seek to protect our green space.

DETAILS OF THE SITES

Open the downloaded document of the sites. Enable editing.

Click on the blue sphere for a map of the site (perhaps press “Ctrl” and Click – “Ctrl” is usually at bottom left on keyboard).

Click on the tiny red pdf symbol to the right of the blue sphere to get details of the site application.

WAYS OF RESPONDING

  1. Online: Click on the writing pencil. You will be asked to register and/or log in. Proceed as directed to make your comment.
  2. By email: Email your comments to gnlp@norfolk.gov.uk. Remember to quote the site reference number.
  3. By letter: Remember to quote the site reference number. Send to GNLP Consultation, County Hall, Martineau Ln, Norwich NR1 2DG

The GNLP team would prefer you use method 1. or 2., but they do not wish anyone to be deterred from responding. For further help on responding ring 01603 306603.

MORE INFORMATION

The GNLP consultation site is at http://www.gnlp.org.uk/.

For more information about Planning Policies relevant to the Valley go to Planning

YVS Response to Local Plan Consultation

The consultation on the Greater Norwich Local Plan consultation ended on Thursday 22 March 2018.

Click on the following headings to see the responses made by the Yare Valley Society:

Proposed Development Sites

Growth and the Green Infrastructure

Green Belt

A big thank you to all who responded to help safeguard the Yare Valley for the future. The outcomes will be reported on our website once they become available.

 

 

 

GNLP Consultation: Sites the Developers want in the Valley

The following sites, all or part, are in the existing protected green space of Yare Valley Green Infrastructure Corridor (River Valleys Policies: SNDC Policy ENV2 and NCC Policy NE 1):

 Colney

0158 A substantial removal of protected green space

0253 Colney Hall. Extensions to existing site approval. Extensions take up a substantial area of existing protected green space.

0514 A narrow stretch of land to the river’s edge. An intrusion into the protected green space, which is damaging as itself, but, if approved, could create a dangerous precedent for future adjacent green space development.

0140 A and B. The Rugby Club development which includes a large clubhouse, road and car parking. Permission has already been granted for a strictly conditioned development on these sites in spite of them being in a “protected” area. Granting status as a “Development Site” would open the door to further development beyond what has already been approved. It could also facilitate another application for a different development should the present approved development not go ahead.

 Cringleford

0244 Involves substantial loss of protected woodland. Possible impact on water runoff into the Valley with potential increased flooding downstream, as a result of loss of water holding woodland.

0461 A significant removal of protected green space

 Norwich

0133 E and F Substantial loss of protected green space between Bluebell Road and the river and including that currently accommodating the Little Tinkers Horse and Donkey Sanctuary. Development here would obstruct the existing green linkage between the Valley and Eaton Park.

0184 Flood vulnerable development at rivers edge.

Please note: this list is provided in good faith, but please check with the GNLP literature if you wish to comment in detail on any one particular site.

 

Don’t Panic! These are proposed sites. Your comments can help to ensure they never appear in the final Greater Norwich Local Plan.

 Good Luck. Thank you for helping us to protect the Yare Valley.

The Valley in Peril

Greater Norwich Development Plan Consultation:

Is it the end of the Yare Valley Green Space as we know it?

The Greater Norwich Local Plan is out for public consultation and comments must be in by Thursday 15th March at 1700, details can be found at http://www.gnlp.org.uk/ A roadshow with an opportunity to talk with Council Officers will take place on Saturday 17th February from 10 am to 4 pm at the Norwich Millennium Library, NR2 1TF.

For the future well being of the Yare Valley it is important our members make their voice heard.

Please take a careful look at these plans to see how well they are likely to protect our green spaces. A particular concern is the large number of sites that are being put forward for development that lie in the Yare Valley Green Space. Go to http://www.gnlp.org.uk/site-proposals/ and look under Colney and Cringleford and Norwich for the maps.
Development on many of the submitted sites could have a devastating effect on the valley as a green space.

The details of the Society’s most serious concerns will be posted in the coming days, but please look at these plans and prepare your own comments. In any event, be sure to send them in, either before or after, you hear from the Society further.