E.ON would be responsible for the scheme, to be called Generation Park Norwich (pictured, artist's rendition), which would be fuelled by straw pellets, sourced from UK farms and delivered by rail. The project is predicted to r educe Norwich’s carbon footprint by more than 22% and is being developed by NPH (Norwich) LLP - a partnership which includes the University of East Anglia.
Some electricity will be provided directly to local businesses, the rest will be fed into the National Grid.
Subject to planning permission, the proposed development would be built near Norwich railway station on a brownfield site. The development also features plans for around 120 new low-carbon Passivhaus homes.
The Generation Park Norwich proposal is in the development stage, with a planning application scheduled for summer 2015 after a full public consultation. If planning permission is granted work could commence in 2016 with a target date for opening the first phase in 2018.
Project spokesman Professor Trevor Davies said: ‘This is a hugely exciting and visionary scheme for Norwich that meets many needs. It delivers clean green energy as electricity, heating and hot water, whilst rejuvenating an eyesore site close to the city centre.’