This week has seen two major decisions made; one locally and the other nationally. It would be nice to think that they were joined up decisions but I fear not as the following demonstrates.
The government announced a new enterprise zone in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft that will transform the area and provide thousands of new jobs in the area. The New Anglia local enterprise partnership (LEP) aims to create up to 2,000 jobs and 80 businesses by 2015 and 13,500 jobs and 200 businesses over the 25-year lifetime of the zone. West Norfolk will also benefit from a similar LEP in Greater Cambridgeshire and greater Peterborough.
This is great news for local employment prospects, however the local decision made by Broadland District Council means that the prospect of 35,000 new houses called for in the Joint Core strategy and the NDR move a step forward as the planning committee approved the plans for the new Broadland Gate business park and the revision to the Postwick Hub.
So here we have it with thousands of jobs being created in the east coast belt area and thousands of houses mile away in and around Norwich! The NDR will join up the houses to allow all of the newcomers to trundle down the A47 onto the Acle straight to get to their new jobs! Not very sustainable or eco friendly.
As we have said on numerous occasions the dispersal of new houses to sites adjacent to the new job creations is the best option and not forcing thousands of people to commute to their jobs using cars, as the public transport links will take them into the city. Of course they could travel by train from Salhouse to Norwich and then out again to Lowestoft, which will take at least 90 minutes, and with the increase in rail fares cost an arm and a leg.