North Sprowston and Old Catton (NS&OC), a new community to be developed in Broadland, north-east of Norwich, has been shortlisted for a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) 2014 Planning Excellence Award.
The project, nominated jointly by developers Beyond Green and local planning authority Broadland District Council, has been shortlisted in the category of “exemplary planning to deliver housing” and is up against a shortlist of projects from across the country for the prestigious award.
Broadland Council resolved to grant outline planning permission for the scheme in September 2013 and, following the necessary legal agreements and detailed planning, work is expected to start on site in 2015. Key elements of the project include 3,520 homes, 1,000 jobs, a new high street and square with local shops and services, two primary schools and the dedication of historic Beeston Park as a new country park serving the whole area.
Beyond Green planning director Neil Murphy said, “North Sprowston and Old Catton is intended to be a blueprint for a place that offers a high quality of life with a very small carbon footprint, combining proven features of places people like – such as proper streets, accessible local services and well-built adaptable homes – with the best of contemporary sustainable design. Broadland Council’s cooperation and support is crucial to the project taking shape and we are delighted to have been able to nominate the plan jointly with the Council.”
Cllr Shaun Vincent, Portfolio Holder for Planning at Broadland District Council, said, “Broadland continues to support the right type of development in the right locations and we are convinced that this scheme is an exemplary proposal which will bring many benefits to the area. We are therefore very pleased that it has been recognised as such by the professional body for planning in England.”
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 23rd June. Details of our proposals for North Sprowston and Old Catton can be found here.