This 1.60ha site is located adjacent to the south east of the existing university campus, located immediately to the east of the University Broad, between the broad and Bluebell Road. The site is currently occupied by the University Grounds Depot comprising a mixture of storage facilities and glasshouses. The emerging revised DFS has identified that this site may be needed to meet growth needs up to 2038 for student accommodation. The site is on the slopes of the Yare Valley which is identified as a key green infrastructure corridor, providing both public access to the river and countryside along the Yare Valley Walk and important wildlife habitats. Open space neighbouring the site is protected from development as part of the Yare Valley under existing policy DM6 and as open space under policy DM8.
Therefore it is essential that development is sensitively designed to minimise effects on important views to and within the Yare Valley. Consequently the type, scale, density and design of development will be designed to minimise impact on the landscape and preserve the character of the area. The site will be developed mainly at low densities to ensure that impact on the landscape is minimised; it is essential that development of the site minimises impact on the river valley and enhances the setting of the listed buildings at the university. Consideration of the original Lasdun plan for a ‘Village on the hill’ will be important. Intrusion into the valley should be limited to protect the valley’s appearance and use.
The site is allocated as strategic reserve land for long term development to ensure that other sites within the campus are developed first ahead of the release of this site. The policy seeks to enable expansion of the university, whilst conserving the landscape and architectural significance of the UEA and promoting public access to open spaces.
The site is likely to accommodate around 400 student bedrooms, equivalent to 160 homes.