Football club's plans for riverside are dealt a blow

PUBLISHED: 10:26 28 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:14 14 September 2010

Norwich City Football Club's bold vision for the future of a run-down part of the city has been dealt a blow by the Broads Authority.

The club's proposals are for the redevelopment of the vacant part of the football club site off Carrow Road and the neighbouring former Laurence Scott and Electromotors' land.

Norwich City Football Club's bold vision for the future of a run-down part of the city has been dealt a blow by the Broads Authority.

The club's proposals are for the redevelopment of the vacant part of the football club site off Carrow Road and the neighbouring former Laurence Scott and Electromotors' land.

Plans have been drawn up for a huge makeover with hundreds of high rise flats, a riverside park, community square and boulevards.

Money raised could boost the coffers of the football club by millions of pounds.

But the Broads Authority has strongly objected to the scale and height of the proposals, the proximity to the river and the density of the development contained in the club's masterplan. It warns that the plans would result in a dominant and overbearing aspect to the river, and advises the club to allow for more open views through the development from the river.

It also suggests that the masterplan should contain proposals for the river frontage incorporating visitor mooring facilities, safety features and additional landscaping.

A club spokesman said: “We respect the right of the Broads Authority to express its views and objections to our proposals, and these will no doubt be taken into account as part of the normal planning process.”

Earlier this month, we reported that plans for Phase Two of the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Carrow Road area behind the club had been submitted to the city council.

Phase One of the development included the replacement of the South and Corner stands, a new hotel, a decked car park and a residential development for hundreds of new homes.

The construction of the four-star 150-bedroom hotel has already started and is due to be completed by November.

The hotel will form part of the South Stand development.

Full planning permission has already been granted for a 4,430sq metre play space, a multi-use games area and a seven-a-side sports pitch on the northern section of the former Laurence Scott site.

Judith Lubbock, chairwoman of Norwich City Council's planning committee, said: “We look forward to working with the Broads Authority to resolve some of the issues that it has raised.”

The plans have been referred to the Broads Authority for consultation and will be discussed at its planning committee meeting at County Hall in Norwich at 10am on Friday.

Ü Are you battling a planning application where you live? Telephone Evening News reporter David Bale on (01603) 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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