Breckland Bridge secures planning approval for new homes in Attleborough
The Breckland Bridge Partnership is a key part in Breckland District Council's award win
Grand Central restaurant opens at The Riverside, Thetford.
The construction of the first new homes built as part of a multi-million pound investment partnership between Breckland Council and private developers The Land Group is nearing completion.
A vision for nine new homes on a site next to Chapel Road Primary School in Attleborough has been unveiled
Thetford Riverside is the latest development to come on stream in the rapidly expanding market town of Thetford.
Thetford Riverside Complex - a combination of a cinema, 64 bedroom hotel and 5 restaurant and cafe units - was officially opened last night.
Breckland Bridge welcome the opening of Thetford's new Travelodge hotel.
Public/Private partnership hailed a success after first year of work
A study launches in May to analyse how car parks owned by Breckland Council are used. The council has commissioned the study to help inform plans for the long-term growth and regeneration of the district’s town centres and ensure public car parking provision meets the needs of residents, businesses and visitors.
The project will launch on 9 May and will be delivered by Breckland Bridge, the council’s joint venture partner which is supporting the council to make the most of opportunities to regenerate the district.
The upcoming study will reveal which are the most used car parks, peak times of demand, and typical parking durations in Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Attleborough.
Cllr Lynda Turner, Breckland’s Executive Member for Place, said: “This project will improve on our existing information and help to inform our strategic decisions about whether it is necessary to change or improve car parking provision and where these changes would have the most significant effect for our residents, businesses, and visitors.
“This valuable insight will enable us, alongside our partners, to plan for the future of our towns and best support and enhance the vibrancy, attractiveness and commercial success of Breckland’s town centres.”
The Breckland Bridge study will help to support the council in planning the development of the district by providing a clear and accurate picture of parking demand. This will potentially identify opportunities for the car parks to be better utilised or enhanced and ensure these publicly owned assets are delivering maximum benefit to local people.
Results from this survey will complement other reviews being undertaken, including the Greater Thetford Development Partnership study into traffic flows and signage in Thetford and Norfolk County Council’s ongoing review of highways improvements proposed in Attleborough.
Discreet temporary cameras will be installed in each of the included car parks and data is expected to be collected in Thetford and Attleborough on Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Saturday 14 May. Data will be collected in Dereham and Swaffham car parks on Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 and Saturday 21 May. This information will then be analysed and a report produced over the coming months.
Breckland Bridge welcome Elizabeth Truss to the multi million pound Thetford Riverside redevelopment.
The turf has been cut on a site in Mileham to mark the start of construction of 11 new houses.
The development, near Dereham, is being delivered by Breckland Bridge Ltd, the joint venture between Breckland District Council and The Land Group. It will incorporate four affordable houses, one detached house and six semi detached houses. With construction now underway, the houses are expected to be completed towards the end of 2016.
Michael Wassell, Breckland Council's leader said "Today's ground breaking marks the start of construction at this development and is the first time Breckland has been involved in building homes on its land for a significant number of years".
David Winch, director of the Land Group, added "It is very pleasing to have started work on this exciting project which will provide essential housing for the local community. This residential development is the first one to be undertaken by the Breckland Bridge partnership and we are working closely with the council on this scheme and on plans for additional housing developments in the district".
With the first floor slab having been laid excellent progress continues to be made on the regeneration of this town centre site.
The photo shows how the multi-million pound Thetford Riverside development scheme is on track to be completed on schedule. As part of the construction work, which started in June, 162 cubic metres of concrete were delivered and laid in one day for the Thetford Riverside regeneration project, a joint venture between Breckland Council and The Land Group.
The project includes a Travelodge, cinema and food outlets and is on course to be completed by autumn 2016. Michael Wassell, Breckland Council’s leader said: “We are delighted by the progress being made at Thetford Riverside, which is on track to deliver real benefits to Thetford and the wider district. This major regeneration project will see a new hotel, a cinema, restaurants and cafes brought to the town around the end of next year, which will create jobs and boost the local economy.”
David Winch, director of The Land Group commented: “Breckland Council and The Land Group are pleased with the progress of the Thetford Riverside project and the construction is progressing well.”
The 4,500sqm project will see a 62-bed hotel, 3 screen cinema, five food and restaurant units and car parking introduced to the Bridge Street site. Travelodge has been confirmed as the tenants of the hotel, while The Light will be taking on the cinema.
A scheme to build 11 homes in a mid Norfolk village is gathering pace. Breckland Bridge, a partnership between the private The Land Group and Breckland Council, is moving ahead with the plans for Mileham, near Dereham.
The venture will be one of the first of the new Local Asset Backed Vehicle which sees cooperation between a commercial business and a public body. An application has already been accepted for the scheme and now one has been made for reserved matters.
David Winch, director of The Land Group said: “This is the first of a number of residential developments in Breckland being brought forward by the Breckland Bridge partnership. We have outline planning permission for 11 houses in Mileham and this application is for external and internal details for the scheme.
“Situated on Burghwood Drive, the one-acre site will provide four affordable houses to rent and one detached and six semi-detached houses for sale on the open market.
“The project will provide required housing for the village and we expect the houses to be ready for occupation in Spring 2016.”
Breckland Bridge Ltd, the joint venture partnership between The Land Group and Breckland Council has submitted a further planning application for reserved matters following outline approval for 11 houses in the village of Mileham, north west of East Dereham. It is anticipated that work will start on site in September.
David Winch, Director of The Land Group said: “This is the first of a number of residential developments in Breckland being brought forward by the Breckland Bridge partnership. We have outline planning permission for 11 houses in Mileham and this application is for external and internal details for the scheme. Situated on Burghwood Drive, the one-acre site will provide 4 affordable houses to rent and 1 detached and 6 semi-detached houses for sale on the open market. Chaplin Farrant in Norwich are the architects and we will be going out to tender shortly for construction. The project will provide required housing for the village and we expect the houses to be ready for occupation in Spring 2016. The scheme demonstrates our commitment to new housing developments across the district over the next five years, fulfilling an imaginative ambition for the joint venture.”
Breckland Bridge also recently commenced construction on site at Thetford Riverside, an exciting £8m leisure development set to create 75 new jobs and drive growth and regeneration in Thetford and across the district. The new Travelodge will accommodate 62 bedrooms and The Light Cinema will have three screens. The 5 restaurants/food outlets, overlooking the picturesque Little Ouse River, are currently being marketed with several well-known operators interested.”
Construction has officially started on the multi-million pound regeneration of Thetford riverside. A groundbreaking ceremony yesterday marked the beginning of the project which promises a 62 bedroom Travelodge hotel, a three-screen The Light cinema as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.
The regeneration of a run-down town centre has begun after the first spade was put in the ground on a project to build an £8m leisure development. Thetford’s Riverside Development will bring a three-screen cinema, 62-bedroom hotel and five cafe/restaurant units to the town centre. Based on the former Anchor pub and bus station site in Bridge Street, the project will take 18 months to complete. It is expected to create more than 75 jobs.
The official start of construction at Thetford’s Riverside was marked today (June 11) by a ground breaking ceremony and celebration event. The project to redevelop the Riverside will create new jobs and drive growth and regeneration in the town and across the district.
Representatives from Breckland Council and The Land Group, the two partners which have formed joint venture Breckland Bridge Ltd, broke the earth on the site alongside Farrans Construction, the building contractor which will carry out the construction work.
It is expected that the redevelopment of the site, which is between Thetford Grammar School on Bridge Street and the town centre shopping area, will take around 18 months to complete. Operators for the hotel and cinema have both already been confirmed for the complex, with several well-known restaurant chains interested in the development. It is estimated that the redeveloped site will create more than 75 jobs.
“I’m absolutely delighted that construction work at Thetford Riverside is now officially underway,” said Cllr Michael Wassell, Breckland Council’s Leader. “The milestone we are celebrating today means we are now well on the road to creating more local jobs for local people and generating growth which will benefit the town and the whole district.”
Land Group Director David Winch added: “We are making good, early progress on site at the Thetford Riverside development. The commencement of this project is a significant step for the regeneration of the whole of the Thetford riverside frontage and we are pleased to be working closely with Breckland Council to deliver a new focal point in the town, which everyone will be proud of.”
When complete, Thetford Riverside will boast five restaurants/food outlets overlooking the Little Ouse river alongside a 62-bed Travelodge and three-screen The Light cinema. The development will support the regeneration along the riverside frontage which will further revitalise the area.
As well as cutting the turf at the event, Councillor Wassell also cut a celebration cake which was shared among event attendees, which included Thetford Town Council members, Thetford’s Mayor and representatives from the project development team.
Thetford Riverside is the first project being undertaken by Breckland Bridge Ltd, an independent company which is jointly owned by Breckland Council and The Land Group LLP. Over the coming 3-5 years, the Breckland Bridge also plans to create new housing developments elsewhere in Breckland.
In a landmark decision made today (March 26), Breckland Council is going into partnership with Land Group LLP and establishing a jointly owned company to drive long term regeneration that will create jobs and provide new housing for the benefit of communities across Breckland.
“Today’s decision is great news for Breckland residents and businesses,” says Council Leader Michael Wassell, “which has only been made possible by the results of our innovative record of investment and asset management, and our long term commitment to developing new ways to keep council tax low and protect key local services.
“I am delighted to welcome our new partner Land Group LLP, and the expertise and innovative approach they bring. Their wealth of experience and level of expertise mean we are well-placed to maximise returns on assets and investments, all for the benefit of residents, businesses and the wider Breckland economy.”
Following today’s Council decision, Breckland Council and Land Group LLP will now form an independent jointly owned company (often referred to as a Local Asset Backed Vehicle, or LABV). The new company, ‘The Breckland Bridge Limited’ is set to deliver key regeneration projects across Breckland, including the Riverside leisure complex in Thetford and new housing developments.
Cllr Wassell continued: “Today marks a new era in Breckland’s continuing drive to deliver new growth and regeneration for the district. This innovative approach means that our key regeneration projects will bring new jobs, improved leisure facilities and much needed new homes for Breckland residents.”
Nigel Robson, Director of Land Group LLP, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by the Council as its partner for this innovative project, and look forward to assisting in the delivery of its exciting plans for the district.
“The Breckland Bridge provides an opportunity to deliver significant regeneration, growth and facilities across the district. The Thetford Riverside project for example provides not only an exciting new leisure destination for the town, but also represents the first of a number of opportunities Breckland Bridge has to assist in the regeneration of the town centre.”