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Norwich gets its first glimpse of proposed £325m energy plant

The public will get the chance today and tomorrow to see progress on ambitious plans for a £325m energy plant on the edge of Norwich city centre.
Gebneration Park Norwich: straw pellet fuelled biomass community energy centre with elevated visitor gallery encircling upper boiler house 2011 Grimshaw Architects
1-4065356Aerial view from SE Norwich

The University of East Anglia is one of the prime investors in the Generation Park proposal for the 30-acre Utilities site - a patch of wasteland between Thorpe Hamlet and Whitlingham.

The proposals feature a straw pellet-burning energy plant, producing electricity for major power users and heat for businesses and houses via a district heating network.

The scheme also includes 120 homes, student accommodation, an education centre, a research base, 11 acres of parkland, plus new cycle routes and walkways.

Plans have been updated and amended to take into account public feedback after the first round of public consultation in January.


2-4065356Generation park Norwich education centre (right foreground), Biomass Community Energy centre (left foreground) from the River Wensum

The latest plans, including models and an animated film, will go on show at the King's Centre, in King Street, Norwich, from 2pm until 7pm today and from 9am until 1pm tomorrow.

And next week, a public meeting will be held for people in Trowse, focusing on transport. How traffic will get to the site has been one of the concerns raised during the consultation. The meeting will be at the White Horse, in Trowse, from 4pm until 8pm on Friday, May 15.

There will then be another opportunity to see models of the proposed scheme in the Atrium at the Forum, in Norwich, from Tuesday, June 9 to Thursday, June 11.

Professor Trevor Davies, of Generation Park Norwich, said: "The feedback we get from the community is a vital part of the process and we look forward to sharing our proposals."


3-4065356Generation park Norwich Lower Arrivals Square lookling towards new Wensum Bridge with backgdrop of three student housing blocks

The scheme needs planning permission from Norwich City Council. If that is secured, then developers say work would start next year, with the energy plant up and running in 2018.

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