The following news item appeared today (8/8/2020) on the Norwich Rugby Club website:
“RELOCATION PLAN IS OFF
This message from Bob Annable:
At the AGM I advised that the University of East Anglia had expressed an intention to withdraw from the Colney Lane development and the Club’s relocation project. I can now tell you that the University has formally confirmed its intention to withdraw by issuing us with an appropriate notice to that effect. A press release has been issued today. Since being made aware of this likelihood, the Development Committee has been considering the alternative options that are open to us and continues to do so. Once we have assessed these options the intention is to share them with the Membership for formal feedback and views.
There is also a need to manage any financial liability this decision leaves us with. We will be starting discussions with the University next week but can tell you the relationship remains amicable and collaborative and that we have the University ‘s assurance to work with us in finding an acceptable proposal that does not leave the club in an any more challenging financial position than we currently face as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic. We therefore see this very much as ‘business as usual’ at Beeston Hyrne, for the foreseeable future and once the current constraints imposed on us by Covid 19 are behind us.”
Further background details are available in the Eastern Daily Press for today (8/8/2020) on page 12, and on-line here
The Yare Valley Society comments: The proposed relocation of the Rugby Club and the building of a new Club House and parking area was a serious intrusion into the Yare Valley Green Infrastructure Corridor, seemingly contradicting its protected status. Some parking space for the Rugby Club, by Colney Lane, has already been constructed, covering green space with asphalt. As the Yare Valley Society warned at the time, the nature of the planning approval permitted a car park to be constructed for a facility that may not exist. What a mess!
The Yare Valley Society will be reviewing the changed situation and what it might mean for the Yare Valley green space in the future.
McCarthy and Stone have put forward revised plans. They include 32 bungalows, 18 apartments, a resident’s pavilion, and an area of Public Open Space, along with new pedestrian links from Bluebell Road to the Yare Valley Walk.
You can view the plans and submit your own comments at https://planning.norwich.gov.uk, under reference 19/00911/F. Comment should be submitted by Thursday 6th August.
In terms of general layout and how it might impact on the Yare Valley, a starting point is the document Revised Landscaping details dated July 16 2020. A Management Plan states: “To the south western edge of the scheme, areas of woodland copse with standard trees set in wildflower meadow are proposed as part of the Open Space proposals which lie to the west of the development. These form part of a transitional landscape between the proposed built development and the valley of the River Yare. Informal groups of parkland trees within the open space allow a vista along the main vehicular route of the development and out across the open space to the river valley beyond. A metal estate rail is to form the boundary between the residential development and the open space beyond, with an edge of bulbs within grass.”
As with the earlier plans for this site the Yare Valley Society committee will submit its comment. The committee consider “A metal estate rail” with “an edge of bulbs within grass” to be totally inadequate to minimise the impact of the built development on the adjoining public space and the valley, and it is concerned about the failure to link the space with the existing footpath on the south east edge of the development.
A copy of the Yare Valley Society comments on this application are now available here.
Bartram Mowers Ltd have submitted a revised set of plans for their site adjacent to the McCarthy and Stone development on the Bluebell Road (NR4 7LG). They include the demolition of existing buildings and erection of 32 bungalows, 21 apartments, a residents pavilion, access and ancillary development.
The Application Number is 19/00911/F. Much remains the same as the previous application for this site, and so most of the comments made on that application continue to apply to the present one. You can view the application using the Norwich Planning Public Access system available here. Comments to the City Council should be in by 24th March 2020.
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)
*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
It has been a long-held dream in some quarters to create a bus link across the valley from the western end of Chancellors Drive at UEA to the Norwich Research Park. The realisation of such a route has been brought a step closer, by its possible inclusion in a County Council bid for money from a “Transforming Cities” government fund. It is seen as a way of improving public transport by shortening journey times.
The EDP of 12 November reports on a recent Norfolk Bus Forum meeting, at which Judith Lubbock, Liberal Democrat Norwich city councillor for Eaton, voiced concern about the link:
“It’s a very special place, the Yare Valley, and we try very hard to protect it. I think, for the very small amount of journey time you’d save by going across the Yare Valley, I cannot see the saving would be worth the destruction.”
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.
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.
A new Planning Application (Reference 2019/0521) has been submitted to South Norfolk District Council for the expansion of the UEA Sports Field Car Park adjacent to Colney Lane. Permissions have already been obtained for the expansion of the car park. These relate to the UEA Rugby Club development; but there are some significant differences between the latest application, and the previous permissions.
The search page for the application is here , insert the reference 2019/0521.
The Yare Valley Society has a number of concerns about the new application:
1. The impermeable surface proposed for the extra parking spaces will result in increased water run-off
2. Proposals for new lighting, and the impact of resulting light pollution on wildlife
3. The grossly inadequate arrangements for cyclists attempting to negotiate the proposed entrance to the car park. This is on the Norwich Pink Pedalway – a key commuting route to the Hospital and Research Park.
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
Online: Click on the writing pencil. You will be asked to register and/or log in. Proceed as directed to make your comment.
By email: Email your comments to email@example.com. Remember to quote the site reference number.
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.
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 and Colney and Cringleford Parishes have written a joint letter to South Norfolk District Council Planning Department expressing their concern that UEA has failed to address important issues raised by objectors to UEA’s most recent Rugby Cub planning application (2018/1830).
An email dated 26th September 2018 from the UEA’s Agent claims to respond to objections, but instead ignores any reference to many of the legitimate planning concerns that the objectors, including the CPRE, have raised.
A major concern (amongst several) is that car parking spaces are built within the Yare Valley protected green space for a Rugby Club facility that does not exist and may never exist. The text of the letter can be found here.
Go to our Planning page for more background information on this application.