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More than a hundred new homes to finally be built at Norwich’s scandal-hit Greyhound Opening site

An artist's impression of the housing development due to be built on the former Greyhound Opening site in Norwich. Pic: Norwich City Council.

An artist's impression of the housing development due to be built on the former Greyhound Opening site in Norwich. Pic: Norwich City Council.

Norwich City Council

Work will finally start in the new year to build homes at Norwich’s scandal-hit Greyhound Opening - nine years after the site made national headlines.

Norwich City Council has awarded a contract to RG Carter to build 105 homes at Greyhound Opening and Goldsmith Street, between Old Palace Road and Dereham Road.

The intention is for all 105 homes to be let for social rent, through the council’s choice-based lettings scheme Home Options.

The properties will be built to eco-friendly Passivhaus standards.

Gail Harris, Norwich City Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for council housing, said: “We are very much looking forward to starting work on-site to deliver these much needed affordable homes for the city.

“Our first Passivhaus homes are due for completion at Hansard Close, Mile Cross, in spring 2017. This is paving the way for Goldsmith Street.

“This will help realise our ambitions to make Norwich a low carbon city with good housing for all”.

The site made national headlines in 2008 because City Hall staff had, contrary to council policy, moved into homes on the Greyhound Opening and Goldsmith Street site.

People living in some houses were being re-homed ahead of redevelopment of the site.

The council had agreed officers relocating to Norwich could move into some empty properties, so elderly people who had yet to move would not feel isolated.

But it was against policy for other staff to move in. One who did was Kristine Reeves, the council’s head of neighbourhood and strategic housing, who ended up being sacked.


  • @exlabnowkipper- I'm sorry to have to call you on on this, again, but you are completely and utterly wrong. To join the housing choice register in Norwich you must fulfil the criteria, a key part of this criteria is you must demonstrate a local connection. A local connection is defined as follows,"Local connection for Norwich Home Options scheme is two years. Local connection is established if one or more of the following circumstances exist: a) is currently resident within the Norwich City Council boundary b) and has been living within the Norwich City Council boundary for the two preceding years c) the applicant has been discharged from the British Armed Forces and either the applicant or their partner was previously resident in the area d) the applicant is a current tenant of NCC or one of the partner Housing Associations allocating their properties through the Norwich Home Options Scheme e) special circumstances- a local connection established on these grounds is likely to be exceptional e.g. the need to be near special medical or support services which are available only in the Norwich area". So really it's quite clear. Furthermore the people you think get priority (in this instance Syrian refugees who are being settled under the government sponsored and funded vulnerable person scheme, the clue is in the word vulnerable, are specifically excluded. The criteria states "Some people will not, by law, be eligible to join the housing register. These are: Certain people who are subject to Immigration Control under the 1996 Asylum and Immigration Act Certain people from abroad who are not subject to immigration control but who are not habitually resident in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland". So again you are proven, categorically incorrect. Finally, homelessness is a complex and difficult subject with the reasons for a persons homelessness as numerous and various as the days are long, but many are there because they lead chaotic lifestyle. In that instance there is a chance (but only a chance) that some will be ineligible to access the home choices homes because they will be debarred as they will fall foul of the following criteria, "People (including members of their household) who have been guilty of unacceptable behavior that makes them unsuitable to be a tenant." This criteria, whilst tough, is necessary to protect the vast majority who are good honest people. So as you can see your argument is impotent as it is entirely without a grounding or basis in the reality of the situation. Please stop conflating issues and posting nonsense.

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    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

  • not one promise from NCC that local people will get this local housing . Same old story . We have our homeless sleeping rough in city centre doorways . Homeless people who are out begging on the streets just to survive are arrested and imprisioned . This is a scandal and local councils should be ashamed of themselves

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    Thursday, December 29, 2016

  • "Development of this site is 7 years overdue!" is the Earl of Leicester site - 12years derelict. But that's not council land is it, so not worth getting het up about ;)

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    marty r

    Thursday, December 29, 2016

  • Isn't the City Council wonderful. Short of "affordable" housing,yet there is a 7 year delay. Where do we get these people from ...............? Why are they still in charge ?

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    Diss man

    Thursday, December 29, 2016

  • Development of this site is 7 years overdue!

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    Thursday, December 29, 2016

  • council owned site, and how long has it sat empty, and they are not built yet. incredible.

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    Thursday, December 29, 2016

  • Councils continue to give planning for these developments but waiting lists don't get any smaller !!! Survey would be good to find where these people who move into these developments come from

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    Thursday, December 29, 2016

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