Help is needed to save green space in Hellesdon

Hellesdon Parish Council is urging residents to back its fight to save one of the parish’s last green spaces from being turned into a housing estate.

People have until March 16 to register their views on the future of the former Jarrold’s social and recreational site, in Hellesdon South East.

The council had hoped to acquire the site after it closed about two years ago, intending to use it as much-needed public open space. However talks with the landowners did not progress.

When the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) committee called for landowners to submit sites for consideration, the parish council submitted a bid for the site to become a formal recreational space. 

At the same time Jarrold’s submitted a bid to develop the site with between 30 and 50 homes, according to the parish council. 

Hellesdon Parish Council is hosting an Open Day this Saturday, February 8, from 10am to 4pm, in Diamond Jubilee Lodge, when residents will be able to find out more from parish councillors.

Over the next 10 years Hellesdon’s population will grow by 25pc, with a proposed 1,000 houses on the golf club site, and further development planned for 300-plus houses on the Hellesdon Hospital site. 

A parish council spokesman said: “We are of the view that we must increase our formal and informal recreational offer to the residents of Hellesdon, particularly those who live in the South East division which abuts the Cromer Road and Fifers Lane. 

“We therefore submitted this site to the GNLP for consideration. Jarrold’s also submitted this site for part recreation along with 30-50 houses.  We also understand they have acquired a property in Prince Andrew’s Road with the intention to demolish it to create a new entrance into this site.

“The parish council believe that Hellesdon has already taken its fair share of new development opportunities, and now needs to acquire “green” land for recreational opportunities .   The site is ideal for this and can, if required, fulfil the demands for green land in this part of Hellesdon.”

The parish council spokesman added: “They are seeking your views on the draft strategy and site allocations for consideration for future development in the GNLP. You can find further information and make comments online at www.gnlp.org.uk If you are unable to respond online, email your comments to gnlp@norfolk.gov.uk or ring 01603 306603 to request a response form. 

All responses must be received by 5pm on Monday, March 16 2020.

Extract taken from Hellesdon Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan:

Projects

Section 4.39  Background:  The Parish Council owns and maintains a number of parks and green spaces  across the Plan area. It is committed to providing green spaces for its residents and recently took control of a large area of land off Cottingham Drive that has become Hellesdon’s newest park (Cottingham Park).  These resources are highly valued by the local community, providing opportunities for relaxation, exercise and community interaction:

Wood View Road Recreation Ground in the centre of the Parish Mountfield Park, in the south east of the Parish to the rear of B&Q Meadow Way Park, in the east of the Parish close to the Cromer Road Cottingham Park, on the north-east edge of the Parish Section 4.40 The intention of this project is to improve the quality and diversity of green spaces in Hellesdon.

Project 1: Enhanced Parks and Open Spaces The Parish Council will seek to improve the quality and diversity of existing parks and open spaces throughout Hellesdon.  This would include:

Securing the use of Jarrold’s Sport Ground / Health Crescent for the local community Improving signage and entrances to raise awareness and use  Reviewing the function of existing parks to ensure they meet with residents needs and aspirations.

Hard copies of GNLP consultation documents and maps are available to view at the following deposit points:

Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich (main reception) Millennium Library, The Forum, Norwich (reception at Norfolk Heritage Centre on the second floor) Norwich City Council, City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich (use telephone in main entrance hall to request) Broadland District Council, Thorpe Road, Thorpe St Andrew (main reception) South Norfolk Council, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton (main reception).

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