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Comment

Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

BAW2

Representation ID: 19946

Received: 16/02/2020

Respondent: Yare Valley Society

Representation:

The words beneath the map state "carried forward retail/commercial development". This would appear to contradict the heading which states the allocation is for a water-based country park.
The Yare Valley Society would expect the words under the map to emphasise allocation for green space and leisure activities.
The words on the map should be changed to reflect the intention to develop the site as a water-based country park

Full text:

The words beneath the map state "carried forward retail/commercial development". This would appear to contradict the heading which states the allocation is for a water-based country park.
The Yare Valley Society would expect the words under the map to emphasise allocation for green space and leisure activities.
The words on the map should be changed to reflect the intention to develop the site as a water-based country park

Object

Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

GNLP0133-E

Representation ID: 21089

Received: 15/03/2020

Respondent: Yare Valley Society

Representation:

Damaging intrusion into Yare Valley Character Area breaking its natural line, and narrowing an important green infrastructure corridor.
Impacts adversely on the Valley Green Infrastructure Corridor ability to fulfil key roles of maintaining biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and supporting population well-being.
Reduces a green infrastructure that needs to be increased to meet growing population demands.
Contrary to Norwich Local Plan Policy DM6 seeking to protect the Yare Valley Character Area from building development of this kind.
Contrary to Policies of “The Strategy” in the draft GNLP (e.g. policies 3, and 7.1) seeking to conserve and enhance the green infrastructure.

Full text:

The Valley Society objects to the inclusion of Site GNLP0133-E in the list of sites for development, for the reasons below:
Damaging intrusion into Yare Valley Character Area
The site is a damaging intrusion into the Yare Valley Character Area, interrupting the existing natural line of the Character Area, and narrowing the Yare Valley Green Infrastructure Corridor at this point in the Valley.
Impacts on the Valley Green Infrastructure Corridor ability to fulfil key roles
The Yare Valley Character Area is more than the sum of its parts. Any reduction in the Valley green infrastructure corridor impacts on its ability to function effectively in its roles of maintaining biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and supporting informal leisure.
Reduces a green infrastructure that is already under pressure due to overuse.
The Yare Valley Character Area is already under pressure from existing leisure activity overuse (e.g. over-worn paths). In the future it will have to meet the well-being needs of population growth from new nearby residential development currently under construction. It will also be needed to continue its other roles promoting biodiversity and combatting climate change. Now is the time to increase the Yare Valley green space, not to reduce it.
Contrary to Norwich Local Plan Policy DM6
The site lies wholly within the Yare Valley Character Area, as defined on the Norwich Local Plan Policies Map – South, Adopted December 2014, and is accorded special status in the Norwich Local Plan Policy DM6:
“Within the Yare Valley character area, as defined on the Policies map, development will only be permitted where it would not damage the environmental quality, biodiversity or character of the area and where it is for
1. agriculture or forestry purposes; or
2. facilities ancillary to outdoor sport and recreation; or
3. the limited extension of or alteration to existing buildings”
The proposed development seeks to overturn this long-accepted policy. Its inclusion would signal a lack of determination of Norwich to act effectively to safeguard important green infrastructure.
Contrary to Policies of “The Strategy” in the draft GNLP
The importance of green infrastructure is rightly recognised in a number of policies in the draft GNLP Part 1 The Strategy. The policies seek to conserve and enhance the green infrastructure. The policies do not seek to destroy or degrade the green infrastructure.
Two examples are:
POLICY 3 – ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT
“Development proposals will be required to conserve and enhance the natural environment. Key elements of the natural environment include valued landscapes, biodiversity including priority habitats, networks and species, geodiversity, …”
POLICY 7.1 – The Norwich Urban Area including the fringe parishes:
“Growth will include …Enhancements to the green infrastructure network which include links to and within the Wensum, Yare, Tud and Tas Valleys, Marriott’s Way and from Mousehold through the north-east growth triangle as set out in map 8, along with local networks.”
Other policies emphasizing the importance of green infrastructure are in POLICY 1 THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH STRATEGY and POLICY 6 THE ECONOMY.
The inclusion of the site suggests that Greater Norwich is not serious about implementing its declared green infrastructure policy.

Support

Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

BAW2

Representation ID: 21150

Received: 15/03/2020

Respondent: Yare Valley Society

Representation:

The rapid increase in population in the vicinity of the Yare Valley due to residential development at Bowthorpe, Cringleford, Little Melton and elsewhere has created an urgent need for additional recreational green space on the Valley to relieve pressure on the existing green space (many well-worn paths one indicator of over use).
A Country Park at Bawburgh Lakes should be given high priority. In the interim a policy should be put in place for an extension of the Yare Valley Walk and for managing the site’s habitats.

Full text:

The rapid increase in population in the vicinity of the Yare Valley due to residential development at Bowthorpe, Cringleford, Little Melton and elsewhere has created an urgent need for additional recreational green space on the Valley to relieve pressure on the existing green space (many well-worn paths one indicator of over use).
A Country Park at Bawburgh Lakes should be given high priority. In the interim a policy should be put in place for an extension of the Yare Valley Walk and for managing the site’s habitats.

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