Solihull based Terra Strategic has agreed to promote a 98-acre site in Costessey, Norfolk, on behalf of a private landowner.

The emerging policy for the area indicates that the land could be suitable for around 800 homes, with associated infrastructure including education and community facilities, with 50 per cent of the development being allocated as green space and public open space.

The site has been identified as a contingency site by Norwich Council, and Terra is currently working on a masterplan in advance of the Greater Norwich Local Plan examination scheduled for spring this year.

The site is walking distance away from Costessey, and is a logical urban extension to the town, which already has all of the necessary services and amenities, including a primary school, a secondary school and pharmacy, as well as a direct bus link to Norwich, with Norwich Station just five miles away.

It is comprised of four land parcels, divided into east and west by plantation woodland, aiming for the 10 per cent net biodiversity gain on the scheme. The north end of the site borders two other schemes which will become interconnected, with an employment area to the east.

James O’Shea, managing director of Terra Strategic said “The scale of this well-located site presents the opportunity for the delivery of an ambitious design-led highly sustainable community, which will deliver numerous local benefits. To bring this scheme forward, we have hand-picked masterplanners and consultants who are renowned for their environmentally-led approach to placemaking.

“This immediately available site could help to meet Greater Norwich’s annual housing targets at a time when there is a considerable shortfall in the number of new homes being built across the UK. Much-needed education facilities can also be delivered here, along with workspace and recreation features for local people, while simultaneously enhancing connections with the nearby established neighbourhoods. We are looking forward to working with the Council’s Officers, Local Councillors and all stakeholders to move forward with our plans.”

Masterplanning work is being undertaken by Terra, supported by Barton Wilmore. The highways consultant is M.E.C, and Temple is the ecology and arboriculture consultant.

Image source- Terra Strategic

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