New sports facility and cycling routes could benefit from £2.4m council funding pot
PUBLISHED: 08:13 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 31 January 2018
A new large-scale sports facility near Norwich is one of 15 projects which could benefit from a £2.4m pot of cash.
Council leaders in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk will next week decide whether to allocate the money to several schemes around the city.
Projects being considered for funding include a new community sports hub on Holt Road in Horsford, which could receive up to £1m.
An extension to the Green Pedalway cycling project - connecting Easton and Broadland Business Park to the city centre - could also benefit from £560,000 over a two-year period. The scheme would see 20mph areas extended and improved “cycling infrastructure”.
Money could also be available for schemes which seek to improve several walking and cycling routes around the city, as well as the introduction of self-service technology at libraries in the greater Norwich area.
Each of the projects have been identified for funding through the Greater Norwich Growth Board’s (GNGB) joint five-year infrastructure investment plan.
The document identifies key pieces of infrastructure requiring cash to support planned development in the area.
Money for the schemes comes from the Infrastructure Investment Fund, which is made up of the pooled Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) income.
The levy is a planning charge introduced by the government as a way for local authorities to help deliver extra facilities. It came into force in 2010, and authorities can seek to charge developers.
In total, £2,423,000 will be split across 15 projects.
A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: “These projects are required as they relate to growth which is happening now and are capable of being delivered with the CIL funding available.”
The draft plan will go before cabinet members from all three councils in February before being considered by the GNGB in March.
The projects include:
Community sports hub in Horsford: £1m
The plan is proposing to provide £1m towards a new sports facility in Horsford.
Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) is seeking to redevelop the former Anglia Windows Sports and Social Club, on Holt Road.
The new facility, which will be named after Norwich City’s former home ground ‘The Nest’, already has planning permission.
It will feature:
• Seven outdoor football pitches
• A clubhouse and spectator facilities
• An indoor gym and cafe.
• 10 sleeping pods for residential training courts
• The only full 11-a-side indoor football pitch in the region which is open to the public.
Full planning permission for the initial phase of development, which includes repair of external pitches and refurbishment of the club house, was granted in October 2017.
CSF is Norwich City FC’s official charity.
Cycle routes in Norwich
Up to £560,000 could go towards the Green Pedalway project in Norwich over the next two years.
The cycle route would connect Easton in the west to the city centre via Longwater, Lodge Farm, Bowthorpe and West Earlham.
While in the east, it would connect Broadland Business Park to the city via Thorpe St Andrew and Thorpe Hamlet.
As well as 20mph zones being extended, new monitoring equipment would be installed as part of the project.
A scheme to create a footpath and cycle route between the River Yare and River Wensum valley could also receive £170,000 from 2019/20.
Both rivers run close together in the west of the city, and the link between the two valleys forms part of the purple pedalway cycling route.
The plan states project would begin in 2018/19 and will take around three years complete. However, it states there is no CIL funding requirement until 2019/20 as this year’s work is covered by section 106 money.
Other Broadland projects
A project to improve access to Marriott’s Way between Thorpe Marriott and Costessey could receive £100,000.
The former railway line, which stretches from Norwich to Aylsham, is now a popular walking and cycling route.
The plan states the money would create an improved commuting route from Thorpe Marriott into the city.
A further £85,000 could go towards surface improvements on the route in Drayton. The project covers a section of Marriott’s Way to the rear of Tesco in Drayton and would reduce gradient of access ramps to improve accessibility.
Around £105,000 is also proposed for the Thorpe Marriott Greenway project, which focuses on two tree belts within the village.
The scheme will provide a link from the Marriott’s Way past a residential area to the “green bridge” over the Northern Distributor Road.
The plan states this could provide future links to north of Horsford.
South Norfolk projects
In South Norfolk, £23,000 could be used to improve the Yare Valley Cycle Route, which follows the Wherryman’s Way from Trowse to Reedham, via Loddon.
The project would see improvements made to signage along the route, as well as the development of a management plan.
A further £35,000 would be used to introduce self-service technology at Costessey, Harleston and Loddon libraries.
The technology, which enables people to use the library outside the current opening times, allows the library service to automatically control and monitor building access, alarms and public announcements.
The investment plan states each library will be able to have increased opening hours, making access to the library more convenient.
A further £150,000 has been allocated for green infrastructure projects across Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk.
Other Norwich projects
An extension to a boardwalk which forms part of the Yare Valley Walk between University of East Anglia (UEA) and Eaton could benefit from an additional £30,000.
The boardwalk currently only extends to half the length of the existing path. The plan states that any changes would require planning permission.
A further £25,000 is proposed to go towards phase three of the Earlham Millennium Green, which forms a link between Bowthorpe, west Earlham and the research park.
The main pedestrian route through the area, as well as the habitat, has undergone improvements through previous phases.
But with more people likely to use the route in the future as nearby housing developments come to fruition, further work is needed.
The next phase seeks to refurbish entrance gates and fences, provide a new signboard and refurbish an existing footbridge along the route.