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Reader letter: Norwich can’t cope, is a brand new town the answer?

PUBLISHED: 14:44 17 March 2017

Whitlingham Country Park on the outskirts of Norwich taken in May 2005.
 Picture: MIKE PAGE

Whitlingham Country Park on the outskirts of Norwich taken in May 2005. Picture: MIKE PAGE

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I can’t think that all the citizens of Norwich, when seeking the wide open spaces, would want to be channelled down a green route.

The countryside surrounding the city is refreshing, with wildlife to be seen and heard and trees instead of bricks and mortar.
As I have written before Norwich will never be a garden city unless swathes of houses were to be demolished to facilitate sufficient parkland to substitute for the green countryside.

The infrastructure is struggling to contend with the existing population and the green belt goes some way to alleviating the problems.
No, the answer is a new town on the lines of Welwyn Garden City with affordable houses being developed by a corporation - unlike the high-priced matchboxes, which are now being built in the Norwich area.

7 comments

  • Bulldoze Yarmouth, build over the top and put a decent 21st century road in linking it with civilisation. Sorted!

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    Resident Smith

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Constituents should remember these politicians who give planning, with no concerns of locals issues at the next elections

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    Norwich

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • When is the council going to put a yellow no enter box at the entrance to Hellesdon industrial park. Nightmare there as traffic on the ring road just blocks the exit and so when at green you still cannot get out, took me 12 hour to exit the park today.

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    vmarshall

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • This council need to stop giving endless planning to housing for a moment and come up with a meaningful plan on road systems, schools, Doctors, The city has, on every housing estate or where there is a concentration of housing Industrial units, we need to get all high noise, high traffic industries OUT and onto the ring roads.

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    vmarshall

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Not A brand new town, several. The essential opening up of Eastern England in general and Norfolk in particular means that at least three towns the size of Milton Keynes and probably five the size of Harlow (Essex) along with expansion of existing rural villages is essential in order for the East of England to absorb its share of the increase in the population of the UK and the population movements that will take place as the populations in the Midlands towns and cities age.

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    koenig

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • Very valuable point !! The council are happy to continue to give planning for housing developments without any concerns to local infrastructure and wildlife, most new developments are bland concrete jungles and all look the same ( count how many trees you next see on a site to plot percentage) the hospital haven't been extended etc the council keep saying we need more homes , but the infrastructure and community needs also to be put in place !!! Queens hill estate still as not got a shop so you have to use a car to Sainsbury's but the council promote healthy living ---- two faced comes to mind

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    Norwich

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • The "Corporation" or any Government Organisation should not be permitted to build anything whatsoever. It costs the Government (the Taxpayer) 3 times as much to build new dwellings, compared with Private builders. Any building land should be released to Private commercial builders, only they are fast and efficient enough to built at genuine Market prices for the Public. If more building was made available then values may go down and the Market cost of housing would go down also. The big issue is the 1946 Planning Laws which presently restrict the free flow of available building Land which also affects the costs of housing, this is causing many families to be homeless

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    Chris Lambert

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

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