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: citizenside.com

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,


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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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