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"Being involved in a project stretching over nearly two decades, from the very first lines on a map to seeing it physically built, has been challenging but also ultimately highly rewarding. Being embedded in the delivery team resulted in efficiency benefits due to the close working relationship with other members of the team and being able to input to a wide range of issues at relevant stages of the project."

Project Summary

The Broadland Northway is a 12-mile, dual carriageway around the north of Norwich. The £200 million project, where building began in 2016, saw major construction take place from the A47 junction at Postwick to the A1067 Fakenham Road and was fully opened to traffic in 2018.

Working for Norfolk County Council, Norse Consulting has been involved from initial scheme development, route option choices and order of cost estimates through to its Development Consent Order (DCO) approval, negotiation with landowners and land acquisition.

Our work also included DCO application documentation and land related plans; responsibility for land related queries, attendance at examination hearings, and liaison with the client over service of Notice to Treat and Notice to Enter.

Members of the team also attended construction meetings to help resolve land related issues. They have handled more than 650 Part 1 claims submitted following the opening of the road and are negotiating the remaining compensation claims from more than 100 directly affected landowners. Norse Consulting will continue to assist through to the final legal completion of these.

Project Overview

From initial scheme development and route option choices through to land acquisition and negotiation, Norse Consulting’s Estates division had key land acquisition roles in the project to construct the 12-mile A1270 Broadland Northway, formerly called the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NNDR).

Project Impact

The creation of the Broadland Northway was conceived with the aim of improving traffic conditions and reducing noise, pollutions and accidents to the north of the city, while providing good access to north and north east Norfolk.

It was hoped less traffic would pass through the city centre, enabling the implementation of widespread pedestrianisation and bus priority measures, as well as less congestion on other orbital roads and improved transport links.

Economically, the aim was to provide direct access to key locations around the city, leading to increased housing and employment, while supporting the continued success of the Norwich economy.

In the areas around the city, it would also facilitate economic development by providing strategic infrastructure for residential and commercial developments.

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