Plans for the most authentically sustainable new development ever built in the UK are set to become reality after councillors resolved to grant the proposals outline planning consent on Wednesday.
Broadland District Council’s planning committee voted by a majority of 14-1 to approve the application, which has been brought forward by Beyond Green Developments and financed by Development Securities plc. It incorporates 3,520 homes, 1,000 jobs and local shops and services at North Sprowston and Old Catton (NS&OC), north of Norwich. The proposals also include sites for two new primary schools, new and improved bus services, over 80 hectares of green space including a major new Country Park in a restored historic parkland, a very low-carbon decentralised energy network, and infrastructure to enable the achievement of water neutrality.
Beyond Green’s Executive Chairman, Jonathan Smales, said: “Sustainable development has become a debased term in the UK, covering everything from housing estates with photovoltaic panels on every roof and two cars on every drive to one-off so-called zero-carbon curios. Sustainability isn’t just about buildings, it’s about how we live in a radically carbon- and resource-constrained world. We’ve got to start making proper places again that let us live terrific lives with tiny environmental footprints. We’ve got to make culture change to low-carbon living easy and attractive and that’s what NS&OC is intended to do…”
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