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Hellesdon’s winning housing on Channel 4 today

A ground-breaking housing development in Hellesdon is featuring tonight (Tuesday November 21) on Channel 4’s Grand Designs House of the Year.

Carrowbreck Meadow, a Passivhaus development in Hellesdon, can be seen as part of the programme which airs at 9pm.

The programme was interested in the development for its architecture, its energy-efficient qualities and also for its affordable homes, which make up 43pc of the site which includes two, three and four-bedroomed family homes in a woodland setting. Carrowbreck Meadow, was masterminded by Broadland Growth Ltd – a partnership between Broadland District Council and Norfolk County Council’s NPS Group. It was created to offer carefully- planned, affordable, high-quality developments in Broadland, while maintaining the highest public-sector values.

The Hellesdon homes have won a host of awards, including the RIBA East Award 2017.

Councillor Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council and chairman of Broadland Growth Ltd, said: “Carrowbreck Meadow is an exciting development which raises the bar for local authorities in the delivery of housing.

“We are making a difference to our communities, while offering something different to the marketplace and meeting the demand for housing in Broadland. This also creates significant social value for our district.”

Richard Gawthorpe, Director of Broadland Growth Ltd, said: “A key aim of the Carrowbreck Scheme was to create a positive intervention in the marketplace by providing more affordable mixed tenure housing and creating homes and lifestyle choices, not just houses. “These dwellings are built to nationally recognised space standards and are places that people choose to live in due to the comfortable conditions created by their highly sustainable Passivhaus design.” ​Sarah Lewis, Carrowbreck Meadow project architect from Hamson Barron Smith, said: “These homes are at the leading edge of low energy design, joining a small elite group of super low energy Passivhaus projects across the UK and act as exemplars for future development in the area and beyond.The provision of affordable housing for the local community which exceeds planning requirements and is truly tenure blind demonstrates the inclusive nature of the development which will help to achieve a sustainable, energy efficient and a mixed community.”
 Awards already won by Carrowbreck Meadow: 

National RTPI awards – national award category Excellence in planning to deliver housing

RTPI Awards (East of England) – East of England Award for Planning Excellence 2017

RIBA McEwen awards – shortlisted in final 12

RIBA National – won one of 47 national awards

RIBA Awards – East of England – won RIBA East project award

Norfolk and Norwich Eco-awards – Highly commended in best eco-house category

Norfolk Design and Craftmanship Awards 2017 – best ‘new residential’

RICS Award (residential category) – awarded ‘highly commended’

SPACES (Society for public architecture, construction, Engineering and Surveying) –Been shortlisted from 110 submissions down to 18 finalists

National Housing Design Awards 2017 – DEFRA Award for rural housing

LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards – best new housing development in East Anglia and shortlisted for national awards

Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards – Norfolk Constructing Excellence Club Award for Excellence and Project of the Year

Passivhaus Trust Awards – entry submitted for 2018 awards

Housebuilders Awards 2017 – shortlisted in Best Sustainable Scheme and Best Design for three storeys or fewer

Inside Housing (top 60 developments) – submissions in the Partnerships category, Best Residential Development and Best Architectural Design

Building Awards 2017 – shortlisted under Housing Project of the Year

24 Housing Awards – shortlisted for Best Green Scheme

Energy Awards – shortlisted for Residential Building Award

AJ Architecture Awards – shortlisted for Housing Project of the Year

AJ Footprint Award for Sustainability – submitted

RIBA Regional RSAW – submitted

Civic Trust Awards – submitted

Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council, is pictured during filming for tonight’s show.


Aylsham to host national Repton celebrations

Aylsham will host the official launch of Repton 200 – a year of nationwide celebrations coordinated by the Gardens Trust marking the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton, who succeeded Capability Brown as Britain’s greatest landscape gardener.

Norfolk is where Repton first worked as a landscape gardener, at Catton Park and Sheringham Park, and where he was buried, at Aylsham Parish Church, in March 1818.

To mark the bicentenary of his death, a programme of events celebrating his life and work have been planned in Norfolk and around the country.

Humphry Repton, whose works include Tatton Park and Woburn Abbey, was the successor to Capability Brown and the first to coin the term ‘landscape gardening’.

Born in Bury St Edmunds in April 1752, he attended Norwich Grammar School and trained to work in the textile business but was not successful in the industry.

After trying his hand at a number of careers, including dramatist, artist, journalist and secretary, Repton set himself up as a landscape gardener, and gained work through his social contacts.

He knew Sheringham well, having lived in Sustead, three miles away, for 12 years.

Repton went on to work on estates across the country, producing his famous Red Books which showed his clients ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of how he would improve their land.

The Gardens Trust are co-ordinating the national celebrations, which start in March 2018, and include the Repton Season organised by Aylsham and District Team Ministry, Aylsham Town Council, community groups and Broadland District Council.

Events in Norfolk include a history workshop with Dr Tom Williamson, professor of landscape history and archaeology at the University of East Anglia, a Repton 200 Memorial Choral Evensong, a Humphry Repton Memorial Lecture with Professor Stephen Daniels of the University of Nottingham and a Red Book competition involving pupils from local schools.

Councillor Karen Vincent, member champion for heritage at Broadland District Council, said: “We are lucky as a district to have links to such an important and fascinating figure.

“Repton’s work remains on show throughout the country, with his first work being here in Broadland at Catton Park.  “We would encourage anyone interested in one of the country’s most important landscape gardeners to come and help us celebrate his achievements in the spring.”

Dr James Bartos, chairman of the Gardens Trust, said: “Humphry Repton designed around 400 landscapes across the country, many of which remain much-loved historic gardens.

“His picturesque designs featured terraces, gravel walks and flower beds around the house, as well as themed flower gardens.

“Next year will see a host of events celebrating his enduring influence, and drawing attention to gardens which need help to survive.”

To find out more about events in Norfolk for the Repton Season, visit www.humphryrepton.org.uk or follow #Repton200 on Twitter.

Picture: Humphry Repton’s tomb at Aylsham Parish Church

Sprowston woodland wins biodiversity award

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.”

 


 

Hellesdon children get hands-on with rubbish

Children from Kinsale Infant School recently got hands-on with rubbish, in a session designed to help them learn about recycling.
Waste and recycling officers from Broadland District Council visited the school in Hellesdon to talk about what happens to our rubbish after we put it in the bin. And 50 Year 2 children found out what you can and can’t recycle, where they had to separate a mix of correct and incorrect items into recycling and rubbish bins during a practical sorting exercise.
The children found out that that items for recycling need to be clean (without food or liquid remains), loose (not in bags) and correct (accepted for recycling by the council). They looked at items such as envelopes, foil and clean plastic trays, which can all be recycled, and crisp packets, sweet wrappers and plastic food wrapping which need to be placed in the general waste bin.
They also learned about where both rubbish and recycling goes once it leaves our homes, and how it is better for the environment to reuse and recycle where possible.
The children were given quiz sheets to take home, with activities and games to test their new knowledge, and the chance to win a prize of a recycled stationery set if they complete the worksheets.
Lesly-Ann Coughlan, class teacher at Kinsale Infant School, said: “This was an informative session and the children took a lot of new knowledge home about the type of things that can and cannot be recycled.”
John Fisher, Broadland District Council’s portfolio holder for environmental excellence, said: “It’s great to see schoolchildren getting involved in something as fundamental as recycling. We hope that they’ll become recycling champions and encourage their families to recycle correctly at home.”
Find out what you can and cannot recycle in Broadland at www.broadland.gov.uk/recycling

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Homes planned for site of former police station

Plans for a new Co-op store at the site of the former police station at Gashouse Hill have been shelved in favour of a proposal for new homes.

An application for full planning permission has been made to Broadland District Council for nine houses and the associated access and car parking.

The original proposal for a new Co-op was accepted by Broadland District Council and work commenced, including the demolition of the former police house and highways office but that has now been halted for several months.

The Town Council said it had been in regular contact with the district council regarding this, who in turn have been chasing the developers.

That original application will not now proceed and the alternative planning application has been submitted.

The residential development includes a mix of five, three-bedroom semi-detached houses, one four-bedroomed semi and three, three-bedroom terraced properties.

The scheme has been designed to address council officer’s comments at the pre-application stage and to preserve and enhance the appearance of the Aylsham Conservation Area within which the site is located.

The application will be discussed by Aylsham Town Council at its meeting next week.

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Join Team GB at parkruns

The Olympics may be over but now it’s your chance to give it your all and be a part of Team GB.

This Saturday (27 August) I Am Team GB is hosting the nation’s biggest ever sports day with sporting events taking place in every corner of the country.

Broadland District Council is inviting everyone to get involved by attending one of the three free parkruns which take place in the district every Saturday at 9am in Blickling, Brundall and Catton. Everyone is welcome to attend, from beginner to Olympian.

On-the-spot prizes of I Am Team GB goodies will be presented to lucky participants at Catton parkrun, Catton Park, Oak Lane, where runners will be joined by volunteer Paul Evans, who competed in the Olympic 10,000m finals in Barcelona and Atlanta. At Blickling parkrun, Blickling Park, runners are invited to attend in red, white and blue or fancy dress to celebrate the day and Countryside Park, Postwick Lane in Brundall will be decorated for the occasion.

ITV will be shutting down all seven of their channels from 9.30-10.30am on Saturday to encourage viewers to go outside and join in with the I Am Team GB day.

“We’ve all enjoyed watching the Olympics and getting behind Team GB as they represented their country and I’m now counting down the days until the Paralympics begin. I can’t think of a better way to carry on the Olympic spirit than getting involved with the I Am Team GB day,” said Claudette Bannock, member champion for sport at Broadland District Council. “The council supports sport all year round from offering grants to local sportspeople to the Broadly Active scheme which aims to get us all fit and healthy.”

Get involved with the day by tweeting your sporting selfies with #IAmTeamGB.

New runners at the parkrun are asked to register online, print and bring along their unique barcode in order to get a recorded time for the run. Visit www.parkrun.org to register and to find your nearest parkrun.

To find a new sports clubs or activity in your area, visit www.activenorfolk.org.uk

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Sprowston residents invited to greenhouse meeting

Green fingers or just some budding ideas? Either way you will be welcome at the Sprowston Community Greenhouses tomorrow (August 9), 6-8pm, to see the facilities available and meet your neighbours.

Ideas are being sought about how the two large greenhouses at the Sprowston Community Hub in Aslake Close can best contribute to the community in Sprowston.

Anyone who turns up will be offered refreshments and have the chance to try a relevant activity such as potting seedlings.

The Grow Your Community Network, supported by Broadland District Council, now has access to the greenhouses and is keen for local residents to get involved. No experience is necessary.

“We just want people to come along, see what’s here and share any thoughts they might have about how to use this great facility,” said Mike Ellard from the Sprowston Grow Your Community Network. “It will be totally informal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been inside a greenhouse before or if you’re completely green-fingered. We’d like any thoughts about the best way forward – whether that’s through a gardening club or private plots or a mixture of uses.”

“The town council and the Grow Your Community Network is working hard to give residents as many opportunities as possible and this is a great chance for Sprowston residents to get involved with something new in the community,” said David Willmott, Broadland District Council’s member champion for community engagement. “All residents are invited to share their ideas and have a go at gardening with this new community asset. I look forward to seeing the results.”

If you would like to attend the meeting about the Sprowston greenhouses and get involved please email growyourcommunity@broadland.gov.uk or call 01603 430138.

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