Hoping to take a quick walk round the University Broad? It will take longer than you think. The section of boardwalk at the south east end of the Broad has been closed. A diversion has been signed which, from the University side of the Broad takes you along the lower edge of the donkey fields as far as the recently opened Strawberry Field Meadow. The return is along by the river.
To give you a better idea of the extra distance we have marked with a star the point at which you reach the Strawberry Field Meadow. Children will enjoy seeing the donkeys.
The two sculptures, by LEIKO IKEMURA and PHILLIP KING respectively, are proposed in planning applications 20/00933/F and 20/00934/L. To get the overall picture the best document when starting any search is the “Heritage Impact Assessment”
The sculptures can be expected to add interest, fun and novelty to the Yare Valley Walk and the Yare Valley Society committee have no plans to object to the applications. If you would like to make a comment you should contact Norwich Planning Department using the references above before 1st September 2020.
More help to guide you along the main line of the Yare Valley Walk. Look out for the new signposts and way-marking posts that have appeared at key points. They carry the new symbol of a dragonfly to signify the walk.
The signs will help people follow the main line of the walk, but you will need to refer to the various guides that are available in order to find many of access points, and circular walks that connect with the main line.
The sign to “Cringleford Meadow” might be misleading. It gives the correct line of the walk, but the Walk remains firmly on the Norwich Bank of the River until the end of the University Broad, only then does it offer the option of crossing to the Cringleford bank for a short distance.
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.
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.
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.