There is an interesting debate to be had over plans for Green Belt around Norwich

More than a thousand people have signed a petition calling for a Green Belt around Norwich. Picture:

More than a thousand people have signed a petition calling for a Green Belt around Norwich. Picture: Karen Bailey. - Credit:

The efficacy or otherwise of a Green Belt is one for considerable debate, after more than 1000 people signed a petition.

This appeal by the Norfolk branch for The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) for a designated protection around Norwich to limit the risk of uncontrolled development is questionable.

MORE: Call for Green Belt around Norwich backed by more than a thousand peopleThe existing protection zone round the Southern By-pass (SPBZ) already safeguards against unwelcome potential development. The control of future development for the three-quarters of the NDR from the A47 at Postwick to Taverham and the A1067, is enshrined in the already adopted Joint Core Strategy.

I have raised concerns, as a member of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP), about the negative impact of green belts.

A green belt could be seen as more restrictive and help to prevent the kind of development which some may see as appropriate in a particular area.

A green belt, if imposed, would scupper any possibility for a complete Northern by-pass which, at a stroke, would alleviate the long-standing rat-run problem through Taverham,

Costessey and other western parishes.

The development of the Norwich Western Link to connect with the A47 at its western end would fall by the wayside if an all-inclusive Green Belt was ever sanctioned.

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Cllr Tim East, Lib/Dem County Councillor for Costessey.

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