It is great news that new job opportunities will be found with the new use of the old RAF airfield at Coltishall. However, what a missed opportunity to bring the old airfield, with a serviceable runway etc, into use as the regional airport for East Anglia. This would have allowed Norwich Airport to close and transfer its business to Coltishall to a new regional and international airport, which would have room to expand.
The airfield at Norwich could then be used to build the new houses that the GNDP are hell bent on building. These houses would have been on the edge of Norwich with adequate existing transport routes into the city and fulfilled a number of the credentials for an eco-town. If you then add the sites of the Royal Norwich Golf Club and the Hellesdon Hospital both on Drayton High Road and the Norfolk County Cricket Club at Manor Park on Holt Road there would be enough land to provide sustainable housing and all on the outskirts of the city without one acre of food producing land being taken out of production! The sites on Drayton High Road have already declared their intent to relocate and the cricket ground is owned by R G Carters who build houses.
What a marvellous and thoughtful Plan B! It’s a pity that our elected councillors can’t think like this. Oh well, at least the option could still be viable as the airfield will remain functional with its new use and the existing bunch of councillors may not be there after the District Council elections in May this year. Let's not lose hope.