Spending on Norwich Northern Distributor Road

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Dear Norfolk County Council,

I would like to enquire, under the Freedom of Information Act, how much has been spent so far on developing the NNDR (to the end of this financial year, 10/11), and what the council plans to spend in 11/12 and 12/13.

Please note that I am looking specifically for preparation costs, so am not interested in capital spending on the road itself (which I assume would only be relevant to the later years).

Please could I also enquire as to the county council's current estimate of the cost of the scheme, and the total amount envisaged as coming from (a) the council, (b) developer contributions, and (c) any funding coming from other sources, excluding central Government.

Finally, I also wish to whether there have been any confirmed developer contributions to date, and, if so, how much has been confirmed.

Yours faithfully,

Richard George

FOI, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mr George,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

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November 2010.

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Deirdre Sharp

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Dear Mr George,

We have now processed your request of 9 November 2010, in which you asked

How much has been spent so far on developing the NNDR (to the end of this
financial year, 10/11), and what the council plans to spend in 11/12 and
12/13 (specifically preparation costs, not capital spending on the road
itself.

The county council's current estimate of the cost of the scheme, and the
total amount envisaged as coming from (a) the council, (b) developer
contributions, and (c) any funding coming from other sources, excluding
central Government.

Whether there have been any confirmed developer contributions to date,
and, if so, how much has been confirmed.

Our response, supplied by the Environment, Transport and Development
Department is as follows:

) How much has been spent so far on developing the NNDR (to the end of the
financial year 10/11)?
The costs of the NDR were reported to Cabinet on 6 April 2010. A copy of
the report is attached.
The costs of project development fees (costs prior to 2008/09) were
£5.14m. During the 2008/09 financial year, the costs were £3.11m and in
2009/10 £4.35m. The budget for 2010/11 has been substantially amended
from the details provided in the Cabinet report. This has been as a result
of the Governments Comprehensive Spending Review. The expenditure for
2010/11 is therefore now forecast to be between £1.5m and £1.7m
depending on the scope and extent of work that is required for the
Department for Transport (DfT).

2) What does the council plan to spend in 11/12 and 12/13?
The anticipated spend was set out in the Cabinet report. However, as
outlined in the response to question 1 above, we are in the process of
responding to DfT in relation to their latest request for details
following their confirmation that the NDR is within the 'Development Pool'
of projects that they need to assess. Until we are told the scope and
extent of the work we are not currently able to confirm the projected
spend on the NDR for the years requested.

3) County Council's current estimate of the cost of the scheme?
As provided in the response to question 1 above, the forecast project cost
is detailed in the Cabinet report of April 2010. The cost of the project
was forecast as £132.34m, which is the original £5.14m project
development fees and the current forecast costs of the NDR, which is
£127.2m. The actual outturn cost will depend on the dates for delivery,
taking account of inflationary impacts. This will form part of the further
discussions required with DfT.

4) Total amount envisaged coming from (a) the council, (b) developer
contributions, and (c) any funding coming from other sources, excluding
central Government?

The current funding for the project is set out in the Cabinet report of
April 2010. The project cost of £127.2m was funded via the following
sources:

- Regional Funding Allocation £67.5m
- Postwick Community Infrastructure Funding £19.0m
- Growth Point Funding £1.0m
- Underwriting by the County Council £39.7m (as outlined in the Cabinet
report)
Clearly this funding position has changed following the recent
announcements by the DfT, however the funding arrangements moving forward
still need to be resolved with DfT and this will be the basis of the
further work required with them. There are clear funding opportunities
from other sources, potentially via developer contributions linked to the
growth and the adoption of the proposed Joint Core Strategy.

5) Has there been any confirmed developer contributions to date, if so,
how much has been confirmed?
The only developer contribution to the project to date has been from the
developer partner that the County Council has worked with to develop the
Postwick Hub junction improvement, part of the Broadland Gate approved
planning permission. The developer has contributed their costs and the
land required for the new road network provided by the junction
improvement. There have not been any direct financial contributions.

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Yours sincerely,

Deirdre Sharp

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