Rethink over Lakenham cricket ground scheme
Developers behind proposals to build homes on a former Norwich sports club site could rethink the scheme after opposition from families living nearby.
Fresh plans for the former Lakenham Sports and Leisure Centre site were put forward last month, after it stood empty for more than three years.
Scrap metal entrepreneur Andre Serruys had been consulting with families over his plans for the Cricket Ground Road site.
The proposals included the north part of the site being developed for housing, while a sports centre or a care facility and 28 affordable homes was mooted for the other section.
But families raised concerns over the loss of public open space and Norwich City Council last week removed the site from a blueprint for development.
You may also want to watch:
Inclusion on the site allocations plan can give applications a smoother ride through planning and council leader Steve Morphew said the opposition in Lakenham had led them to remove this scheme.
But he added any future scheme would still be decided on its own merits by the council's planning committee
- 1 Expansion will see 250 extra places at oversubscribed school
- 2 ‘We miss the hustle and bustle’ - Norwich shoppers long for lockdown end
- 3 New owners of hairdressers plan to buy out 10 salons in six months
- 4 Bid to turn Norwich pub into health clinic
- 5 Fresh questions over 'Japanese restaurant' in Norwich home
- 6 Contact tracers report pair to police for ignoring self-isolation
- 7 9 of the best farm shops in Norfolk
- 8 ITV Anglia News presenter Jonathan Wills leaving after 13 years
- 9 The Norwich pub quiz: do you know your locals?
- 10 Legal charity to move into part of disused city pub
A spokesman for Serruys Property Company Ltd said that decision could see the scheme revised.
He said: 'The land is currently private and not available for access by the general public.
'The owner's consultants, LandPro, are now investigating whether it is viable to part develop the site so as to incorporate a new large public park and to ease pressures on public green space locally, even though a large part of the site has already been taken by the Norfolk County Council as a school playing field and available for community use.'
What do you think of the plans? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email firstname.lastname@example.org