Logo

Postwick petrol station plans refused after concerns Norwich’s drinking water supply could be contaminated

PUBLISHED: 07:02 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 01 February 2018

Monte Blackburn and Pigeon Investments were hoping to build the petrol station, along with a drive-through KFC and Starbucks, in the heart of the Postwick Hub.
 Picture: Mike Page

Monte Blackburn and Pigeon Investments were hoping to build the petrol station, along with a drive-through KFC and Starbucks, in the heart of the Postwick Hub. Picture: Mike Page

Copypright Mike Page, All Rights Reserved Before any use is made of this picture, including dispaly, publication, broadcast, syn

Plans for a petrol station near Norwich have been turned down after councillors heard there was a “real risk” the city’s drinking water supply could become contaminated.

Monte Blackburn and Pigeon Investments were hoping to build the petrol station, along with a drive-through KFC and Starbucks, in the heart of the Postwick Hub.

The site is located next to the A47 and A1042, and has previously been used as a vehicle compound.

Speaking at Broadland District Council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday, Nick Walters, from Anglian Water, raised concerns about the potential impact on a nearby ground water source.

The company’s borehole, which provides drinking water to more than 60,000 people in Norwich, is located 200m away from the proposed development.

But Mr Walters said the petrol station’s three underground storage tanks sat above a chalk deposit, which Anglian Water extracts ground water from.

He said: “It is clear we are in a very sensitive location and there is a real risk of serious or irreversible impact on a highly vulnerable ground water extraction site.

“Anything that goes into the ground at that point will reach our source.”

Mr Walters told councillors there were “very serious” health implications to drinking hydrocarbons, and it could take days to pick up any traces of contamination.

He also questioned why the Environment Agency had chosen to “disregard” its own principles by not objecting the to plans.

Marcus Bell, from Environmental Protection Strategies, which worked with the applicant on the scheme, said the proposed type of storage tanks had “never leaked” at previous sites.

He said they were made up of two skins, with compressed air in between, which is monitored by a third-party company to detect any leak.

Despite Mr Bell’s assurances, Conservative councillor for Hellesdon South East ward, Tony Adams, said: “I have never ever known Anglian Water to raise an objection. Now that they have, and raised it on very good grounds, I think we should listen to what they have to say.”

He put forward a motion to refuse the plans. Committee members voted nine-two in favour of refusing the application.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “Whilst the Environment Agency normally objects to applications of this nature in Source Protection Zone 1 (SPZ1), each site is assessed individually and we will work with applicants where risks can be clearly mitigated through planning conditions.

“Due to the innovative design of the proposed underground fuel storage tanks and pipework we have removed our initial objection to this application. However, we have imposed strict conditions on the application all of which need to be met and all of which have safeguards built in to ensure we are consulted before, during and after construction.”

Latest Property Articles

The Ivy Norwich Brasserie officially opens on Tuesday having transformed a historic building into an opulent, Art Nouveau styled restaurant. But what was the thinking behind this luxurious look and how can inject some glamour into your own home?

You may have driven past this imposing Victorian house, once the rectory for Roughton, near Cromer, and never even known it’s there. Property editor Caroline Culot looked around the village’s best kept secret.

A road on a proposed 84-home estate in Horsford could be named after a well-known village cricketer who died in 2016.

Fancy owning one of the oldest pubs in Thetford or a nightclub in Norwich? Both are going under the hammer at auction in the city next month.

The Old Chapel in Hempnall, near Norwich, has been dressed to perfection by an interior designer who has created a stunning home which is now available to rent for £1450 per calendar month.

People living in a village on the outskirts of Norwich have come up with a blueprint to help control where homes are built in the years ahead.

How long does a self-build take? Ron Beattie, from Beattie Passive, discusses.

One of the most expensive new homes ever to be built with one of the prettiest views is for sale - and guess what, there are two more. Property editor Caroline Culot went ‘over the border’ from Norfolk into Suffolk to take a look at Harbour View where the three new homes for three multi-millionaires are up for sale.

Hockwold Hall, once owned by King Henry VIII, is now available to hire as a holiday home - and has already been visited by Friends star, Hollywood actress Courtney Cox. But guess how much a week there will cost you?

The popularity of the ‘passive house’ is increasing and Norfolk is now home to many of these eco-friendly developments, but what is it?

A fabulous apartment is for sale in the ‘Notting Hill of Norwich’ in a Georgian building where a famous actor used to go to school.

Six new apartments and a cottage offering a luxurious lifestyle are for sale from £100,000-£150,000 in a beautiful period building on South Quay in Great Yarmouth.

With summer here, many homeowners will be busy maintaining their gardens and enjoying some outdoor living. However, unless you live in rural isolation, hot summers can often lead to an increase in neighbour complaints. To maintain a summer of tranquility, it is important to consider the following:

Mike White, from Martin & Co discusses whether there is a disconnect between using the same agent to buy and rent property?

What help is on offer to encourage first time buyers to take the first step onto the property ladder? Edward Parker, managing director of Bennett Homes, discusses.

Jon Hook, managing director of Norwich Accountancy Services, an expert in tax matters, has some more money saving tips for property owners.

Are you downsizing? Tamara Greener of Savills Norwich residential development sales team, offers some top tips.

Are you looking to downsize? Here is the perfect country cottage for sale right in the heart of Aylsham.

Who knows which pub this historic home was, now for sale for £950,000? And do you know its very unusual feature? Property editor Caroline Culot went to find out.

Simon Arnes, William H Brown’s managing director and the auctioneer, reports on his firm’s sale held at Barnham Broom today.

This stunning house, dating to 1616, which has been in the same family for more than 70 years, and in need of modernisation, is up for sale for a buyer looking for a special property project.

Planners have set out their vision for a 10,000 home “garden town” in a document we are publishing today.

The Ringland Estate with a five bedroom residence, Ebony Hall, which has an indoor swimming pool, situated in a fantastic parkland setting by the River Wensum is for sale for a guide price of £9.75 million.

There’s usually a bit of a lull in the housing market with the start of the summer holidays, but we secured seven sales in seven days, says Sheron Harley, managing director of the Property Shop in Acle.

TV property personality Phil Spencer from Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location was in Norwich today promoting the use of smart meters. Property editor Caroline Culot caught up with him for a quick chat afterwards.

Sometimes the terminology used in the property buying and selling process can be confusing.

The recent soaring temperatures divide opinion. Some like it hot – others long for shade and a cool breeze. Wherever you stand, there’s one thing we can agree on: our gardens – and in particular our lawns – are bearing the brunt. But, don’t panic, says Mike Rix, from Savills.

Today’s property auction saw a 70 per cent success rate with some interesting lots going under the hammer and others selling prior or postponed. Here are the Auction House results.

Can you tell which former pub this was...a clue is it is one of the oldest in Norfolk and has been fully renovated into a stunning home for sale for a guide price of £725,000.

House prices in Norfolk fell by 0.5 per cent in May compared to April but property value went up in Suffolk and overall, your house is still worth more than it was a year ago across the region, new data reveals.

The surge in applications to build student housing in Norwich has prompted council bosses to investigate how much such development is appropriate in the city.

News that a new 10,000 home garden town could be built in Norfolk has sparked a mixed reaction. DAN GRIMMER and DANIEL BENNETT report...

Almost 200 locations where thousands of new homes and jobs could be built in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk have been mooted.

A fight to stop a former bowling green being built on has ended with a victory for people power.

Our exclusive story which revealed plans to be build a new town the size of Thetford in Norfolk has been met with mix reaction on social media.

People are being given the chance to have their say over a new development for the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).

A town the size of Thetford could be built in mid Norfolk if new plans are realised, the EDP can reveal.

The unveiling of a vision for a 10,000 home garden town in Norfolk comes amid a government drive for more new settlements to be built.

This pretty Victorian Gothic property on the site of one of Norfolk’s forgotten mansions boasts a master bedroom adorned in real gold among other luxury features. Property editor Caroline Culot went to visit Haveringland Hall House, for sale for offers over £1.1million.

If you’re trying to create interiors that have that ‘insta’ success, be inspired by this mid terrace in Norwich for sale for offers in excess of £375,000 that has been renovated and given a make-over, turning it from drab to dramatic.

Are you looking to buy or sell a house in the Hellesdon area? If so, you should go along to a special event being held at the new William H Brown estate agency tomorrow.

Fancy buying a part of North Norfolk’s history? One of the former coastguard cottages in Weybourne with the best sea view for miles around is up for sale for £250,000.

Both the present and the future are looking bright for our region, as a new report shows that East Anglia is home to three out of five of the fastest growing city economies in the UK.

Controversial proposals which would see the conversion of a Norwich church into flats have been revived.

Richard Aldous, head of residential development sales for Savills in Norfolk, takes stock of the current new homes market.

Meet the Editor

Caroline Culot

Email
Twitter

I am the property editor in charge of delivering some exciting and informative content within Archant’s varied titles. We have 16-17 pages of stories, features and columns in the EDP Property supplement out every Friday free in your EDP so please don’t miss it.