Update: £148.5m Norwich Northern Distributor Road would be a ‘grievous wound’ to county, objectors claim

Norwich Northern Distributor Road supporters(l to r) 
John Timewell, Vice-Chairman, Toby Coke, Chairman of the Environment, Development & Transport Committee, Norfolk County Council, Andrew Proctor, Leader of Broadland District Council and Tom McCabe, Director of Environment, Transport & Development, Norfolk County Council at the media briefing before the preliminary meeting over the planning inquiry. 
Photo by Simon Finlay. Norwich Northern Distributor Road supporters(l to r) John Timewell, Vice-Chairman, Toby Coke, Chairman of the Environment, Development & Transport Committee, Norfolk County Council, Andrew Proctor, Leader of Broadland District Council and Tom McCabe, Director of Environment, Transport & Development, Norfolk County Council at the media briefing before the preliminary meeting over the planning inquiry. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Lauren Cope Lauren.cope@archant.co.uk
Thursday, July 24, 2014
8:00 AM

A proposed £148.5m road in Norfolk would be a “grievous wound” to dozens of villages in the county, a public hearing has been told.

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Views on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) were made clear to a team of planning inspectors at the Bob Carter Centre in Drayton last night.

It was the third in a series of hearings this week, which will help the inspectors come to a decision on whether they think the plans should go ahead - a verdict which will be referred to the transport secretary.

The 19.5km road would be built from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road, with Norfolk County Council hoping it will improve journey times, ease congestion and boost the county’s economy.

At the hearing, a series of objectors made their case against the proposals.

Lester Broome, of Hall Lane in Drayton, was one of them.

He questioned whether enough would be done to prevent the “increasing number of accidents” on Hall Lane and Reepham Road, both of which are notorious for congestion and crashes.

The county council’s plans would see vehicles exiting the NDR slip road towards Norwich straight into a sharp bend in Drayton.

Peter Lanyon, who has lived in Little Plumstead for 12 years, voiced his frustration over potential noise pollution and damage to rural areas.

He said: “It will be a very noisy interruption of building development in an area of countryside of particular quality.

“Our countryside is threatened with extinction, we are sacrificing it for what - the motor car? Or is it a sacrifice for greed?

“It is downright untrue that it will go along a rural corridor of any sort. To suggest that there is a corridor of any sort gives a false context. It would be a grievous wound.”

Representations were also made from those living in Thorpe End, Weston Longville, Taverham and Drayton on the possible impact of noise pollution.

Clive Marshall, of Rackheath, explained how the plans had made it impossible to sell his house.

“My wife and I are nearing our eighties and are becoming too old and sick to maintain our house.

“We have had seven buyers interested, but as soon as they find out the road will be 100 yards from our house, they have dropped out.”

Further hearings are scheduled for September, when the inspectors will deal with specific site issues. The examination will be completed by December, after which they will have three months to make a recommendation to the transport secretary.

What do you think? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE, or leave your comments below.

13 comments

  • …..PDH!.....praying will not make one iota of What could make a difference, is having a fresh look at the number of houses that will be required to give a roof to those hard done by souls on the waiting lists of Broadland....Thorpe St Andrew, Sprowston and Catton and beyond!! ...Assuming they all want an affordable home to live in at an affordable rent!... Where is the need to build thousands of homes, to house hundreds of tenants?....Of will the fine City of Norwich be chipping in with cash to swell the coffers of Broadland in hope of solving their problems?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • For those that say they do not want the housing that MAY go with this road. Perhaps you could spare a spot in your prayers for the large amount of people who are currently on the Housing Waiting List and for those who are not eligible for the list. I would welcome more housing near me if it gives someone the privilege of a roof over their head. What we do not need though is over priced property for sale that will sit empty until the estate agents can find someone wealthy enough to buy it.

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    PDH

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • .....why can't the population that live to the north of Norwich look forward to a super highway in the same way as those living to the south?.....A duel carraigeway without 10 roundabouts spread along it's length and joining with the A47at both ends?....Every one of those roundabouts is another hurdle for those travelling into and out of Norwich(the majority)!....for example..from Rackheath or Salhouse, passing The Sole and Heel another roundabout will be in place instead of the open road...That should speed things up no end!....I agree with those who say that our infrastructure is not up to par....but if we are going to change things...Let's not take the cheapest option!.....Let's go for the best!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • The ONLY thing wrong with the NDR is that it stops at the A1067. We need a proper outer northern ring road.

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    Norfolk Lad

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • btw say anything the NIMBY's don't like, they'll get your comment deleted. That's the democracy they believe in. I will console myself at the thought of their falling house prices.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I want a proper Northern relief road, but this is not it. This is a joke. The whole endeavour is just being planned to make a few people very rich. It stinks to high heaven, but of course it will be approved, The hearing is a complete travesty.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • OLDYELLA calling people Nimbys is unflattering to them or yourself and way off the mark!....Many of those living in the area would WELCOME a nice new dual carriageway! What very few of them want is 20,000 Matchbox houses filling in all available land around it!...,If this road had any credibility it would NOT stop at Taverham but continue to the A47..... Now that would be 'Awesome'........OLDYELLA you maybe quite correct in saying that the inner link road is a chaotic Rat Run....Where are all these cars going to? ..But further...How would the NDR help this situation?....remember it is only going as far as Taverham!....Please come back with your answers.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • .....Apart from the Heartsease Estate ,Norwich does not exist beyond the Ring Road in that part of the county!....They are the towns of Thorpe St Andrew, and Sprowston neighboured by Catton and Hellesdon!...Motorists have few problems travelling from one end to the other, using the current Ring Road!....believe me I do know!..The biggest cause for concern is getting from those towns and beyond, INTO and OUT of Norwich! Will the NDR make that situation any better?...Most unlikely!..... So why did this new road get into the frame?....It is meant to be a SUPPLY Road to the new developments via the Postwick Hub...Nothing more! Nothing less!....This WILL bring relief to Norwich, by pushing Heavy Transport along the Southern By pass, rather than through the City....The traffic relief alibi, was used to pull the wool over our eyes....So I would say to NCC etc. that this project was started with a massive misleading statement (a lie to you and me) and they 'whoever has the buck' now should come clean and start again!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • The NDR and its proposed route is totally counter productive and illogical!!, unless it connects with the Southern Bypass, which any visionary could see , Its not fit for the purpose. Its also taking a large chunk of land from the Airport which needs to expand not shrink. And in Addition its too close to the Runway, Hence the reason the Radar has to be moved. Norwich does need to adapt to inevitable change, but if this is an excuse to build vast swathes of Legoland housing estates and featureless Industrial estates then its not fit for the purpose. Priority should be given to the Gridlock mess the Dereham road heading into the city is in and Middleton lane , with two schools 20Mph speed limit and apart from the ring road, To name but two. The only way to connect to the Airport or A140 to North Norfolk, Its laughable, idiotic planning proposed by people who dont have the slightest insight into what there doing.

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    wickobi

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • "it's going to be awesome", really? Col de la Bonnette in the Alps is "awesome", as is Furka Pass in Switzerland and Nürburgring in Germany. This will be a run-of-the-mill road with lots of roundabouts to slow you down and to feed into the multitude of matchbox housing estates, quite possibly with a 30mph speed limit. Not a dual carriageway with the national limit applying and slip roads at junctions like the southern bypass. Not that it's a bypass, because it doesn't connect with a major road in the west.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • The problem with "NIMBY's" is, they don't really care who it effects, so long as it is not them... Norwich need a Northern Route that links with the A47, we live in an age of Transport, with that we need roads that will serve the purpose, we've got some top businesses in Norwich, and it's Norfolks major hub that has only one decent road, the Southern Bypass, any traffic coming into the city, as Stew rightly said squashes it onto the Old A47 Dereham Rd or the A140, it's madness if you come from London A11 or Ipswich if you want to go North Norfolk, both of these roads need relief, just think what it would be like without the SB, the "Inner Ringroad" is now a Rat Run, it's chaos, so Nimby's get a life see your city Grow or Die

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I honestly can't wait for this road to be built, it's going to be awesome

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    Steady On

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • ......I wonder if the commission was told about the massive development of land for matchbox houses that is already taking place or in the planning process?....Open land between the Ring Road and the NDR will disappear, from the present Airport to Postwick...The city of Norwich may not get any bigger, but the Towns of Sprowston and Thorpe St Andrew most certainly will!...Catton and Hellesdon will become new towns....and all this to give 'relief''to traffic that does not exist!....and the real traffic problem area between Aylsham Road, and Dereham Road is hidden under the carpet!...

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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