Vision of future for Carrow Road

A run-down part of the Norwich is set for a massive makeover with hundreds of high-rise flats, a riverside park, community square and tree-lined boulevards.

A run-down part of the Norwich is set for a massive makeover with hundreds of high-rise flats, a riverside park, community square and tree-lined boulevards.

Plans for phase two of the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Carrow Road area behind Norwich City Football Club have been submitted to the city council.

Today, the Evening News reveals the first artist's impressions of what the development will look like.

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

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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.

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The construction of the four-star 150-bedroom hotel has just started and is due to be completed by November this year. The hotel will form part of the South Stand development and is being built next to the new stand and the Barclay Stand.

A Norwich City Football club spokesman said: "The plans at City Hall encompass the master plan for the entire area of land behind Carrow Road owned by the club.

"Phase One of the development includes the flats which are being built next to the ground.

"The plans for Phase Two of this development will include more than 300 flats and a car park.

"If we should receive planning permission for this area, we very much hope it will add to the value of the site for any potential deal with developers, although it is far too early to speculate how much it could be worth.

"This second phase takes place after a full consultation with local residents late last year at the club.

"The club has been committed to finding non-football related areas of income for the club and we hope the second part of this development will add to that."

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

Hereward Cooke, deputy leader of Norwich City Council, said: "This is another example of local companies making use of brownfield sites for residential development.

"Given our shortage of housing in Norwich, and particularly affordable housing, this is warmly welcomed.

"This part of Norwich has been forgotten for many years in our post-industrial age and so needs this brought back into full use."

Roy Blower, city councillor and chairman of the Norwich City Independent Supporters' Association, also warmly welcomed the plans.

He said: "Anything that will bring revenue into the football club which does not detract from the playing side is to be welcomed."

Judith Lubbock, the city council's chairman of the planning committee, said she was looking forward to seeing the plans.

"It would be nice to see something innovative such as live/work spaces, and I understand that it will have sustainability at its core.

"It's an important gateway site and with the rest of the Riverside area having been developed; it's important that this is too. It might also give opportunities for more interaction with the river with moorings and landing stages."

What do you think about the plans? Write to Letters, Evening News, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE, or email

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