PUBLISHED: 07:02 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 01 February 2018 Monte Blackburn and Pigeon Investments were hoping to build the petrol station, along with a drive-through KFC and Starbucks, in the heart of the Postwick Hub. Picture: Mike Page Copypright Mike Page, All Rights Reserved Before any use is made of this picture, including dispaly, publication, broadcast, syn Plans for a petrol station near Norwich have been turned down after councillors heard there was a “real risk” the city’s drinking water supply could become contaminated. Monte Blackburn and Pigeon Investments were hoping to build the petrol station, along with a drive-through KFC and Starbucks, in the heart of the Postwick Hub. The site is located next to the A47 and A1042, and has previously been used as a vehicle compound. Speaking at Broadland District Council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday, Nick Walters, from Anglian Water, raised concerns about the potential impact on a … [Read more...] about Postwick petrol station plans refused after concerns Norwich’s drinking water supply could be contaminated
PUBLISHED: 15:04 08 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:51 09 June 2016 The Royal Norwich Golf Club at Hellesdon, where developers are proposing to build a thousand houses. Golfers crossing the busy Drayton High Road. Picture: Denise Bradley copyright: Archant 2014 Around 1,000 new homes will be built in Hellesdon after 2019 as outline plans were approved after six-hours of debate at two meetings of Broadland District Council. Exhibition of plans for the Royal Norwich Golf Club development Picture: ANTONY KELLY A decision on whether to grant permission for the first 108 homes of the 1,000-home development at the Royal Norwich Golf Club had been deferred at a meeting in April, before being given the greenlight today. A motion to reject the project brought by Councillor Tony Adams, on the grounds of flood risk, was narrowly defeated by eight votes to six. The lead local flood authority at Norfolk County Council had raised concerns about the risk of excess surface water to Woods Close and … [Read more...] about First stage of 1,000 new homes at Hellesdon gets go-ahead
PUBLISHED: 15:06 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:06 31 January 2018 Sophie Wyllie Longwater Community Farm manager and owner Shona Howes. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant A community farm is hoping to get children, charity users and Norwich residents growing their own food. The Longwater Community Farm. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Shona Howes, the landowner of Longwater Community Farm, off Longwater Lane in Costessey, has applied to South Norfolk Council for change of use to include agricultural and education use. She wants to help people grow fruit and vegetables as well as keep animals on the farm. If approved, the a 1.78-hectare plot will include a compost toilet and polytunnel. An existing barn for animals will be repaired and parking for eight cars, 10 bikes and two disabled vehicles will be part of the project. In a statement on the South Norfolk Council website, Ms Howes, grand-daughter of the previous landowner, said: “We are developing relationships with schools, … [Read more...] about Community farm aiming to get residents growing their own food
Video PUBLISHED: 06:31 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:31 12 January 2018 Some of the hundreds of properties in Norfolk and Suffolk sold to firms offshore. (From left) the Britten Centre in Lowestoft, The Royal Hotel building in Norwich and part of Red Lion Street in Norwich. Photo: Archant Archant From prime offices and new homes to industrial estates and top shops, we can today reveal the properties in Norfolk and Suffolk bought by companies in offshore tax havens. Companies registered in the British Virgin Islands have spent millions of pound buying property in East Anglia. Photo: Wikimedia/Nwmangum Offshore sales have boomed in recent years with 2015 a record year in Norfolk. That year there were 84 offshore property transactions and another 48 in Suffolk. In 2017 there were 49 sales in Norfolk and 42 in Suffolk. The biggest overseas buyers of property in East Anglia are firms registered in Guernsey followed by Jersey, the British Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man. Offshore … [Read more...] about Revealed: £400m of Norfolk and Suffolk property bought by offshore firms
PUBLISHED: 11:06 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:34 23 January 2018 Nadene Chandler Mousehold Heath feature. The view over the city from Britannia Road. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Archant Norfolk 2018 It is a magnet for dog walkers, wildlife lovers and even fans of American cuisine. Mousehold Heath feature. Picture: ANTONY KELLY It is a magnet for dog walkers, wildlife lovers and even fans of American cuisine. But Norwich’s Mousehold Heath could be a victim of its own success after fears were raised over its over-flowing car park. Since the success of the popular Britannia Cafe, the car park on Britannia Road has seen a substantial increase in pressure due to increased visitor numbers, and now charges for parking are being considered. Mousehold Heath feature. Picture: ANTONY KELLY And an annual report from Mousehold Heath Conservators reported that a number of people parking on the verge of Britannia Road have caused access restrictions for the City Sightseeing Norwich … [Read more...] about Popularity of Mousehold Heath proving problematic due to parking problems
PUBLISHED: 11:51 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 10 January 2018 The fields around Honingham Thorpe could be home to a new village. Picture: Nick Butcher Archant © 2017 The public can now have their say on where they think more than 7,000 homes should be built in Norfolk. Shaun Vincent, chairman of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership. Pic: Archant Library. Council bosses say that, between now and 2036, they need to provide sites for nearly 43,000 new homes in Greater Norwich - the area covered by councils in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk. While the sites for some 35,000 of those homes has been established through various blueprints, that leaves locations for 7,200 still to be found. The various councils had asked landowners, developers and the public to put forward possible sites for development, with garden villages near Hethel and at Honingham Thorpe among the potential sites suggested. And consultation over the strategy the councils should adopt, known as … [Read more...] about People urged to have say on where more than 7,000 new homes should be built in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 15:23 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:24 08 January 2018 The leaders of the political groups at Norfolk County Council. Cliff Jordan (Conservatives and council leader), Dan Roper (Liberal Democrats) and Steve Morphew (Labout). Photo: Norfolk Conservatives/submitted/Denise Bradley Norfolk Conservatives/submitted/Denise Bradley Norfolk county councillors have voted to stick with a controversial move to increase their allowances by 10.5pc - but how did your councillor vote? Before Christmas, Norfolk county councillors voted, by 39 votes to 26 with two abstentions, to increase their basic allowance from £9,401 to £10,500 a year. But Labour and the Liberal Democrats triggered today’s extraordinary meeting with a motion that the Conservative-led council should reverse the decision. However, the council voted, by 36 votes to 28, to reject the motion and stick with the increase. Cliff Jordan, Conservative leader of the council, said councillors needed to be … [Read more...] about How did your Norfolk county councillor vote in the allowances debate?
PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:51 17 June 2016 Suburbs of Norwich: Sprowston and Costessey Archant When it comes to the suburbs of Norwich, there are plenty to choose from, but how do you decide which one is right for you? We’ve looked at commuting distances and transport links, schools, house prices, crime rates, and local amenities of 11 suburbs and villages to help you make the choice. Sprowston •Education: Before it officially became a town in 2011, Sprowston was the largest parish in Norfolk with over 14,000 residents. Today the town, which is located just over two miles from Norwich city centre, still retains a population of this size and also boasts its own infants school, junior school and community high school, as well as being close to several schools on the outskirts of Norwich, such as White Woman Lane Junior. In 2015 Sprowston High school was rated as “requiring improvement” by Ofsted, while both the junior and infants schools … [Read more...] about Which Norwich suburb is the best one to live in?
PUBLISHED: 14:10 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:10 02 January 2018 The Julian Hospital, Norwich . Photo: Steve Adams Mental health patients in Norwich are now receiving community mental health services from a new premises following a £600,000 refurbishment project. The Julian Hospital, Norwich . Photo: Steve Adams Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) invested the money to redesign the decommissioned Henderson Ward, at the Julian Hospital site in Bowthorpe Road, into a new base for the city’s three community mental healthcare teams. The work has seen a fully-functioning clinic room created, where staff can carry out treatments and physical health checks, as well as a large space for group therapy and training. Space has been allocated for patient consultations, while a new waiting room and reception area have been added, complete with TV screens which provide information about the Recovery College, as well as upcoming courses and events. Previously the … [Read more...] about New city base for Norwich community mental health services after £600,000 refurbishment
THE cruel owner who dumped his dog at the side of the road after wrapping him in carpet has been banned from ever having a pet again.Heartless Paul James, 55, was dragged to court for causing his poorly pooch, Max, "unnecessary suffering" by wrapping him in old carpet and abandoning him by a road because he was ill.Max, a Golden Retriever-German Shepard cross, was suffering from a "severely infected" ear when he left by his owner.Instead of getting medical help for his dog, James rolled him up and left him to die at a fly-tipping spot near Fochriw Mountain, Caerphilly, South Wales.James was arrested after the RSCPA appealed to traces Max's owner.He admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and three animal welfare offences.The lack of attention given to Max for his badly infected ear caused it to poison the rest of his body, Cwmbran Magistrates' Court heard.When max was found by rescuers he was in a critical state and unable to stand. He was later put to sleep.Irresponsible … [Read more...] about Cruel dog owner who wrapped his sick pet up in a carpet and dumped him at the side of the road is banned from ever owning animals again