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Revealed: Where hundreds of new homes could be built around Norwich.

Councillors will tonight discuss sites where hundreds of new homes could be built in Norwich.

Councillors will tonight discuss sites where hundreds of new homes could be built in Norwich.

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Almost a dozen more sites around Norwich have been identified as places where hundreds of new homes could be built over the next two decades.

Councillors are tonight set to agree to ask the public for their views on whether to add schemes, including the site of Lakenham Sports and Leisure Centre, the sports hall at Wensum Lodge, Laurence Scott’s Gothic Works and the Heigham Waterworks site, to a vital planning document.

The schemes are all new or revised additions considered for inclusion on Norwich City Council’s site allocations development plan document – a blueprint for where development will happen around the city.

Public consultation has already been held on most of the sites, but since that finished in March, new and revised schemes have been lodged. They include:

➔ At least 65 homes and a public open space at part of the former Lakenham Sports and Leisure Centre site in Cricket Ground Road, Lakenham.

➔ Some 250 homes at the Gothic Works in Kerrison Road/Hardy Road. The site is owned by ATB Laurence Scott, but, according to the council report, the company has “indicated a medium-term desire to relocate their business elsewhere within the city.”

➔ At least 150 homes at the Heigham Water Treatment Works site in Waterworks Road, once that site is decommissioned.

➔ A housing development for the elderly on land to the west of Bluebell Road in Eaton, with between 150 and 200 units.

➔ Fifty homes at the site of the Wensum Lodge Sports Hall, which Norfolk County Council closed just before Christmas. The scheme would also include offices and possibly leisure use.

➔ Fifty homes on land to the east of Bishop Bridge Road in Thorpe Hamlet and 20 homes following the demolition of the gas holder in Gas Hill, Thorpe Hamlet.

➔ At least 250 homes, offices, leisure facilities and shops next to Norwich City’s stadium in Carrow Road.

➔ A minimum of 75 homes at the former CityCare depot in Mile Cross.

➔ Thirty homes at the site of Van Dal Shoes in Dibden Road, if the factory is relocated in the future.

Bert Bremner, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said: “Some of the sites are going to prove controversial, but nothing has been decided yet and we are going to put it out for public consultation.”

What do you think of the possibility of development on those sites? Let us know your views by calling Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

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