Norwich International Airport is located on the northern edge of the city of Norwich and accessed from the A140 Norwich to Cromer Road. The passenger terminal and majority of associated commercial uses are sited towards the southern end of the airport. Site 4, is located at the northern end of the Airport land, immediately to the south of the A1270 Broadland Northway.
There are residential and commercial/industrial uses on the land to the south-west, south and south-east, whilst the majority of the land to the north, beyond the NDR, is rural and agricultural, except for the villages of Horsham St. Faith and Spixworth which are in reasonably close proximity. Directly adjacent to the site on the north-west boundary is a series of linear buildings, structures and compounds that comprises a safety training facility (Petans) which is access from the north via Bullock Hill.
With regards to topography, the site rises gently to the north. It is largely featureless with the land largely consisting of a taxiway and grassland within the operational boundary of the Airport. The site is 42.46ha and of this total 28.38 hectares fall within Norwich’s administrative boundary and approximately 14.08 hectares is within Broadland District.
This site provides a unique opportunity as it is the only site that can provide development for aviation related uses. As such it should be safeguarded for aviation related employment and educational uses. If the site were to be developed for non aviation related uses, this could mean that any potential to attract additional large aviation-related business, would be lost to the local area as there would be nowhere to suitably located it.
Only where evidence can demonstrate that there is insufficient demand for aviation related uses in the long term and where non-aviation development would act as a catalyst to deliver essential infrastructure to enable aviation related elements of the development should non-aviation related uses be permitted. Given the evidence set out within the Review of Office Accommodation in Norwich (Ramidus, 2020), it is not considered appropriate to allow non-aviation related office uses due to the potential harm that this could have upon Norwich’s city centre and similarly it is not considered that retail and leisure uses would be appropriate in this out of centre location.
Access to the site should be gained from the A1270 and a surface access strategy will be required in order to promote sustainable travel to the site.
For the purpose of this policy aviation related uses are defined as:
- a) Aircraft Maintenance, Supply and Manufacture, including modification, refurbishment and painting;
- b) Airport and airline administration and ancillary facilities;
- c) Aircraft fit out;
- d) Aircraft spray painting and finishing;
- e) Airport operations and infrastructure;
- f) Aircraft recycling;
- g) Hangarage;
- h) Component (aviation) storage;
- i) Freight (aviation) storage and handling;
- j) Aviation and vehicle fuel storage facilities;
- k) Training Centres including:
- Airline, crew, air traffic, ground crew, fire crew and pilot training centres or training schools;
- Airport training services;
- Aircraft engineering and technician training; and
- Any other training in support of airport related development;
- l) Avionics, engine or aircraft parts, maintenance, supply, testing and manufacture;
- m) Airport equipment and operational infrastructure maintenance supply and manufacture;
- n) Associated internal highways and infrastructure including roads, carriageways, footpaths, bus terminals, lighting and car parking required in connection with the movement or maintenance of aircraft or the transport of livestock or goods by air;
- o) Warehousing, cold stores and offices for airfreight handlers, forwarders and agents including parcels or Post Office services;
- p) Flight packaging, provision services and supply units, including ramp services;
- q) Businesses that require a location at or adjacent to an airport for the following defined reasons:
- Due to requirement for immediate access to national or international connectivity for freight;
- Advanced manufacturing or engineering connected with the airport either through:
- A direct relationship within an airport occupier or aerospace company though the supply chain; or
- Engineering skills requirements.
Notwithstanding the above and for the avoidance of doubt the following uses are not permitted:
- a) Air passenger terminal building; and
- b) Air passenger parking