The Yare Valley Society and the parishes of Colney and Cringleford have written to the South Norfolk Planning Department expressing concern over perceived deficiencies in the paperwork and possibly the processes relating to to Application 2019/1753: Discharge of Conditions for 2018/1830 – New Sports Facility at UEA, Colney Lane.
There is a joint concern that the documents relating to the application are less to be expected in a planning application.
As well as the existence of inaccuracies and confusing references, it would seem there is a case to answer as to whether substantive changes (e.g. tarmac instead of gravel, introduction of, and confusion over lighting) to the original application can be introduced at the stage of ”Discharge of Conditions”.
It is pointed out that if documentation relating to an application cannot be relied upon for accuracy or for following proper process, it cannot be subject to proper scrutiny by interested parties, and decisions made on the application are in danger of being unsound.
The full text of the letter can be found here.
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.
The Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place on Wednesday 8th May 2019 at 7.30 pm at Cringleford Playing Field Pavilion. The AGM is normally completed in the first half hour. We can then enjoy a talk “Wildlife in Common” by Caroline Spink of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust will then give a talk “Wildlife in Common”. Caroline will give us a valuable insight into the Trust’s work on commons. The NWT has long been committed to the welfare of wildlife in the Valley, reinforced recently by its recent purchase of wetlands adjacent to Harford Bridge. One of the green assets of the Yare Valley is a common: Eaton Common.
Papers for the AGM are published in the April Newsletter.
Members and non-members are welcome to attend – so please come along.
Developers have withdrawn their planning application for phase 2 of their development at Bartram Mowers on Bluebell Road. Planners at City Hall had serious reservations about the application, and it seems that the developers have decided to withdraw the plans rather than attempt radical change.
The YVS view is that any plans for the Bartram Mowers development need to be sensitive to the needs of the Yare Valley as a green infrastructure corridor. The plans were seen to be unsatisfactory on a number of grounds, but of particular importance to the Valley is that Phase 2 is supposed to deliver a significant area of open space. Planners describe this open space as “the opportunity to become a valuable piece of local green infrastructure for the wider community, as well as serving the development itself”. Unfortunately, the developer’s plans failed to explain what enhancements would be made to the open space or how it would function.
There can be little doubt that the developers will be returning with a new set of plans. Hopefully these will pay more attention to the role the delivery of open space has to play in the enhancement of the Yare Valley for wildlife and recreation.
Greater Norwich Local Plan Consultations
The YVS response to the consultation can be found here.
If you have not already responded, please try to do so before 5 pm on Friday 14th December.
Help on how to respond is given below in our earlier post on 3 December.