Award for Sprowston woodland

A popular area of woodland in Sprowston has won an award for its biodiversity.
Harrison’s Wood, which borders Blue Boar Lane and Salhouse Road was opened to the public in May and was given the award by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership.
Accepting the award, town council chairman Ian Moncur said there were big plans in store for the plot, saying: “This is just the start.
“We intend to increase involvement of community groups so that we can manage the woodland and realise our ambitions which include the bridging over of the existing ditch, provision of a car park and maintaining and improving the habitats of the woodland as a priority for conservation.” Public access to the 27-hectares of mixed woodland was made possible through a partnership of the town council with Broadland District Council and the Norwich Fringe Project.
The wood features a network of paths through mixed evergreen and broadleaf trees including oak, rowan, silver birch and scots pine and is home to birds such as chiffchaffs, treecreepers and great spotted woodpeckers.
David Willmott, Broadland District Council’s member champion for community engagement, added: “This is a great project and we were pleased to work with our partners to create a community asset which we hope residents will enjoy for generations to come.”

Children from Cecil Gowing Infant School, councillors from Broadland
District Council and Sprowston Town Council and the Norwich Fringe Project
at the opening of Harrison’s Wood.


Top award for Hellesdon housing development

A development of eco-homes in Hellesdon has scooped the top prize at the United Kingdom and Ireland’s most prestigious planning awards.
Carrowbreck Meadow, on Drayton High Road, came first in the Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing category at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017.
The development is made up of 14 Passivhaus homes in a woodland setting, designed to be ecologically friendly. The positioning of the homes maximises the access to solar energy in winter and prevents overheating in summer, leading to lower power bills. Electric car charging points, rainwater butts and connection points for photo-voltaic installation are also standard.
Andrew Proctor, Chairman of Broadland Growth Limited and Broadland District Council Leader said: “Winning such a prestigious national award with our first development is a huge honour for Broadland Growth.
“The award is testimony to the excellent teamwork and vision of our planning teams working alongside design and building consultancy Hamson Barron Smith to deliver an innovative Passivhaus project that delivers excellence in housing.”
Nick Raynsford, former planning and housing minister and chairman of the judging panel, said they were impressed with the innovative approach taken and the excellent use of publicly owned land, adding: “With over 40pc of affordable housing on the site, it is a great example of how innovation, quality and affordable housing could be delivered hand in hand.”