A bid to construct the country’s greenest building in Norwich has upset dog walkers after it emerged around half of the public parking spaces at Earlham Park would be lost.

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The University of East Anglia (UEA) wants to renovate Earlham Hall and build a £15.9m building next to the park, called the NRP Enterprise Centre.

But, if approved by Norwich City Council, the development will mean around half of the 60 public parking spaces at the park will be lost and reserved for the new centre.

Ingrid Henry, 43, who owns Earlham cafe, said she was worried about a loss of customers.

“Reducing the number of parking spaces will definitely affect my business,” she said. “If we don’t have dog walkers then the cafe won’t be able to stay open. This will mean a decline in business and two more people out of a job.”

Pat Gyte, 73, who regularly uses the cafe, said: “We are already competing with students and Sportspark users for the spaces, but the students don’t use the park and café. Why can’t they use the spaces from their own car parks?”

Dog walker Lynn Walker, 54, added: “Children spend so much time playing video games. This is a chance to get them out into nature and a green space. With less parking, people won’t be able to come.”

But John French, chief executive of the Adapt Low Carbon Group which is based at the UEA, said the number of spaces reserved for the public had already been increased to 34 from 22 after a consultation.

“We would like to reassure all visitors to Earlham Park that the car park will continue to be open for their use,” he said.

The 34 spaces will be reserved for users of Earlham Park during the day and Mr French said all 68 spaces would be available outside of working hours and peak leisure times.

He added that the number of proposed spaces was based on the result of surveys.

The planned 4,000 sqm enterprise centre would include teaching rooms, a lecture theatre, exhibition space and a business “hatchery”, where as many as 25 fledgling low-carbon firms could be nurtured. It is a key part of the Norwich Research Park plans.

16 comments

  • We're expecting to erect a visiting cabin on site near the car park very soon. We'll have open days where the public will be able to view the plans for the new building and ask questions about the design. 34 spaces will be reserved for users of Earlham Park during the day and all 68 spaces would be available outside of working hours and peak leisure times. In the meantime you can get information here: www.adaptcbe.co.uk and here: http:adaptcbe.wordpress.com

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    Ben Binns

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Wierdos - driving to go for a walk?

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    oldowl

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • The "countrys greenest building" should not have any car parking....shouldnt access be via bicycle or park and ride???!!!

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    Rob Sewards

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Did the UEA`s climate change department not have any comment to make on the effect of the car on carbon emissions???!!!

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    Rob Sewards

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Thanks to the amount of 'anti dog feeling' by a small, but unfortunately vociferous minority of people, it is getting increasingly difficult to find places to enjoy walking the dogs & meeting up with other 'doggy' people. Please don't take this park away from those people. 'Mad brewer' if you detest us dog owners so much, may I suggest you visit the bountiful number of places where dogs aren't permitted, you could take your bigotry along with you &, I'm sure, find something else to moan about ;)

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    Ravenheart

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • UEA will show us tyo build a low carbon house with locally grown timber and straw, it will, due to its excellent in house school of environmental sciences, have all the low cost solutions. Or does this mean that their expansion is depriving Norwich's Green voters of a favourite green space? UEA's expansion is unsustainable and it fails to answer to the public, at every step it takes, which also makes it unaccountable. We can now say with certainty that UEA is not a green university and never has been, One eco building does not make for a sustainable university,UEA has never tried or shown an interest in decreasing its traffic impact for the three local schools. I object to the location and propose to site it between the S. Arts centre canteen and the bridge.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Good luck you lot, because you've got little to no chance against the politically-backed UEA gorging itself on your taxes to erect this "centre" of questionable purpose and need. And mind you clear up after your pooches...

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Dog walkers are implicit in creating the "Brown Centre". Rancid coils of parasites. As are the dog droppings.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Read up on the carbon footprint of a dog per year.And I don't mean when it has had its paws in the hearth. It has been claimed that a medium sized dog has the same carbon footprint as driving an SUV 6000 miles a year!

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I say Ravenheart, aren't the secret meeting places for you "doggers"?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • We're expecting to erect a visiting cabin on site near the car park very soon. We'll have open days where the public will be able to view the plans for the new building and ask questions about the design. 34 spaces will be reserved for users of Earlham Park during the day and all 68 spaces would be available outside of working hours and peak leisure times. In the meantime you can get information here: www.adaptcbe.co.uk and here: http:adaptcbe.wordpress.com

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    Ben Binns

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Non-story. yawn.

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    Valpy Word

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • “It will be a huge benefit to the local economy and to our reputation as a green capital.....from Ben Binns web page, yeah right, taking over the car park so it keeps your green asses squeaky green clean. These mmgw freaks need their cars too, they just don't want to advertise the fact they do and carry on eating away at taxpayers purse and land grab on our parks.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Isn't it time the UEA and Norwich City Council came clean about their future designs on Earlham Park as well as its car park. The UEA owns nearly all the other land in the area, it stands to reason they would like to get their hands on the park as well. Mr. FRENCH says the number of proposed spaces was based on the result of surveys so I suppose when the building is finished they will conveniently find they need MORE spaces and that will be the end of the car park completely.

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    smithy

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • The climate fraudsters partners retort is "Don't do as I do, do as I say". Tis more proof that the green control freaks need their cars more than the doggy sheeple. I be sending this snippet to 'watts up'.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • It's only a few parking spaces for heaven's sake.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, March 1, 2013

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