Plans have been submitted to regenerate the long-derelict 30-acre Utilities Site close to the city centre, transforming it for the benefit of the people of Norwich and Norfolk. The site has a proposed name of Generation Park Norwich.
The plans centre on a pioneering project which would place Norwich and the East of England at the forefront of addressing the twin challenges of community energy generation and climate change. A proposed green Community Energy Centre, fuelled by renewable straw pellets, would produce sustainable power for major business users in the city and supply the National Grid. It would also offer our community the prospect of more affordable heating bills through a new District Heating Scheme.
The proposals would create an attractive park in a riverside setting and complete an important missing link in the city's walkways and cycle paths.
The development would also feature an Education Centre, Energy Research and Development Centre, low carbon homes and student accommodation.
Subject to planning permission, taken together the proposals would redevelop the derelict Utilities Site and provide a heartbeat for sustainable living in Norwich, reducing the city's carbon footprint by up to a quarter.
CGI walkthrough of the proposed Generation Park Norwich.
Local residents from Norwich visit the proposed Generation Park Norwich site and share their opinions.
Mark Pendlington - Chairman, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
"This is a truly exciting and innovative project. It has the potential to be a world first in how best to balance the energy needs of a modern and dynamic city, with protection for our precious environment, for the benefit of all those who live and work here."...more
Rt Hon Charles Clarke
"The proposal for the Utilities Site is an enormous creative and innovative step on the way to making Norwich a truly green and sustainable city.
"It takes the power of UEA's world-leading environmental research and harnesses it to the benefit of the people of the city. It deserves strong support. "