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What's happened to on hold plans?

PUBLISHED: 14:44 25 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:42 02 July 2010

A year ago the Evening News looked into the effect the credit crunch was having on Norwich's major developments. Many had been put on hold or hung in the balance as banks tightened up on their lending.

A year ago the Evening News looked into the effect the credit crunch was having on Norwich's major developments. Many had been put on hold or hung in the balance as banks tightened up on their lending.

Reporter Kim Briscoe revisited each of the developments to find out if the city's multi-million pound projects have better prospects a year on.

t A11 dualling scheme

Long-awaited plans to dual the final stretch of the A11

Developer: To be confirmed

Status a year ago: On track and the government had agreed to fast track funding.

Status now: Work is all set to start this year on the final nine-mile stretch, but a public inquiry into the proposal has been delayed until today. Norfolk County Council and Shaping Norfolk's Future have written a joint letter to transport minister Sadiq Khan pressing him to stick to the 2010 start date, once the scheme gets through the inquiry stage.

t Anglia Square

£100m redevelopment of the 1960s shopping centre, including 200 homes and thousands of square metres of office and retail space.

Developer: Centenary Ashcroft

Status a year ago: On hold. Developers say the work will not progress until the housing market improves.

Status now: Developers are working on a revised scheme, which would mean a reduction in housing, and are currently liaising with Norwich City Council. It is still hoped that work could start on the scheme this year.

Work has also just started on an associated £3.3m project to create a new one-way system in St Augustine's Street. It will involve the construction of a new link between Edward Street and Pitt Street.

t Broadland Gate business park

42,000 sq m office development on the boundary of Broadland Business Park, Thorpe St Andrew. Cost will run into tens of millions.

Developer: Ifield Estates Ltd and a whole host of partners, including Norfolk County Council

Status a year ago: On track. Officials say this development will take 10 to 15 years to complete, by which time the market may have recovered.

Status now: The recent government backing for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) and the release of £21m for the improvement of the Postwick junction, where the NDR joins the A47, will unlock the potential for this development to go ahead.

t College expansion

A major multi-million pound upgrade planned for City College Norwich.

Developers: Yet to be confirmed.

Status a year ago: The £173m city college upgrade was delayed because of a government review of college plans nationally.

Status now: In June 2009 the plans were left dead in the water after the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) ran out money to fully fund schemes across the country. The plans are being kept but the college will have to get in the queue for cash and it will be 10 years or more before the plans become a reality.

t Deal Ground and Utilities site

Land earmarked for development near the River Wensum in Trowse.

Developer: None

Status a year ago: A contamination report was under way and multiple issues delayed plans to bring the land into use.

Status now: Hopes are high that a new masterplan which looks at the site, as well as the wider area to the east of the city and neighbouring Broadland, can be completed by April 2010, setting out how the 15-hectare area should be developed.

t Duke's Wharf

£60m eco-office scheme off Duke Street in the city centre offering 14,000 sq m business space and art gallery

Developer: Targetfollow

Status a year ago: On hold. Delayed by a year or longer until the economy improves.

Status now: The Norwich-based developer is continuing to talk to potential tenants. It will make further announcements as and when discussions with various businesses and retailers have come to fruition.

t Harford Place

£122m mixed use development at the Hall Road Retail Park and former Bally Shoe Factory site. Plans include 300 new homes and 35,000 sq m of retail, leisure and office space.

Developer: Targetfollow

Status a year ago: On hold. Delayed by a year or longer until the economy improves.

Status now: In October 2009 planning permission was granted for an expanded Asda store, increasing the 4,032sqm store to 5,667sqm. The Norwich-based developer says it is constantly looking at how it can take each of its developments forward, in terms of raising development finance, and attracting and securing the right combination of pre-let tenants. It will make further announcements as and when discussions with various businesses and retailers have come to fruition.

t Mechanical Biological Anaerobic digestion plant

The Costessey recycling plant was seen as crucial to dealing with the county's waste, processing 150,000 tonnes of rubbish each year.

Developer: None

Status a year ago: Delayed from 2008 to spring 2009 because of shortages of investment in the credit crunch.

Status now: The scheme was ditched by Norfolk County Council after a multi-million pound contract with Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) saw costs shoot up from around £400m to £800m.

t Memorial Gardens

£2.6m plans to refurbish Memorial Gardens in Market Place.

Developer: Norwich City Council

Status a year ago: Likely to be delayed as council was struggling to find the money for the scheme due to the economic downturn.

Status now: Work on the revamp finally started at the end of September 2009 but could take more than 60 weeks to complete. City Hall bosses hope the gardens will be finished in time for Armistice Day.

t Northern Distributor Route

Major bypass linking Postwick Interchange to just east of Attlebridge.

Developer: To be confirmed

Status a year ago: On track. Work was expected to begin in 2009.

Status now: The government has given its backing for the funding and construction of the road, albeit only as far as the A140. Other stages, including planning consent, must also be cleared before work can start.

t Norwich Research Park expansion

31-hectare extension to the existing park at Colney.

Developer: Gable Developments

Status a year ago: Still on track.

Status now: Unknown.

t Queen's Hills Country Park

Planning permission granted for up to 1,300 homes on an 86-acre site in Costessey, which is partially complete. Cost likely to be in the region of £100m.

Developer: Cofton was the main developer and the scheme also involves several other firms. However Cofton went into administration.

Status a year ago: Unknown. While hundreds of homes had already been completed, sales fell with the decline of the housing market and builders said work had slowed.

Status now: Deloitte took over the estate after site owners Cofton went into administration. They say they are still in discussions with the various builders and with South Norfolk Council with regard to all the options available.

t St Anne's Wharf

A £100m plan for more than 400 homes on the five-acre former brewery site between King Street and the Wensum, plus shops, restaurants, a health centre and hotel.

Developer: City Living Developments

Status a year ago: On hold. While work was progressing on affordable homes and about 20 townhouses, the bulk of the homes were being held back for at least a year until the market improves.

Status now: In May 2009 a deal was signed with international Hilton Garden Inn for a four-star hotel to be built at the site.

In August 2009 the new £2.5m foot and cycle Lady Julian Bridge, funded by £1.7m from the developers, was completed.

The developer has been short-listed for some government money to help kick-start the development. A decision on the funding is due in June.

t St James Place

£50m riverside mixed use development, including 20,500 sq m office space and 200 homes off Barrack Street

Developer: Jarrold and Son

Status a year ago: Delayed. While some work is complete and tenants secured, the development will not be finished for several years because of the economic downturn.

Status now: The block of flats in Barrack Street was sold in October by developers Crest Nicholson to the Jarrold family. Crest Nicholson had been threatened with legal action by Norwich City Council for failing to heed its warnings to clean up the flats, which had stood empty for two years. Jarrold was unavailable for comment, but work is believed to be ongoing.

t Three Score Homes - phase two

The second phase in the Bowthorpe development includes plans for 1,200 new homes and four hectares of open space. Costs are likely to exceed £70m.

Developer: To be confirmed

Status a year ago: Delayed. City Hall chiefs have been unable to secure a satisfactory deal with a developer because of the credit crunch.

Status now: Initial work is being funded by £10,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to investigate how to bring the site forward for development. The first findings from this will be considered by the Norwich and HCA Strategic Board in February 2010. After that, the board will make decision on how to invest the £2.5m from the HCA to kick-start the scheme.

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