The Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) is being produced by Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council working together with Norfolk County Council through the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP).

We aim to produce a plan which will help to meet local housing and economic growth needs, whilst also protecting and enhancing the environment. This involves a number of stages of consultation.

We are currently at stage B of the “Regulation 18” phase, the New, Revised and Small Sites consultation.  This consultation will run from 9am on Monday 29th October to 5pm on Friday 14th December 2018 and we are asking for your views on these sites. 

How will infrastructure be improved to support new growth?

New development in the plan will need to be supported by new and improved infrastructure, including schools, health facilities, roads, public transport and other community facilities. Growth can also help to support and maintain existing community facilities. The Greater Norwich authorities are working with infrastructure providers to identify the likely infrastructure requirements to support the GNLP.

Currently, the housing and jobs growth in the JCS is supported by the Greater Norwich Infrastructure Plan (GNIP). Updated yearly, the plan covers education, transport, community and green infrastructure projects which will support the development scheduled to happen in the area. Working in partnership helped make the case for A11 dualling and Northern Distributor Route funding and is likely to have influenced Highways England to take full responsibility for funding the planned improvements to Thickthorn junction linking the A11 and A47, rather than being partly funded through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The City Deal, agreed in 2014, gives the partnership the ability to borrow money at a reduced rate from Government. In addition to this we have negotiated a further £20 million of borrowing to provide short term loans to developers to provide infrastructure and help the creation of additional homes and jobs, administered through the Local Infrastructure Fund.

Larger development sites will often provide infrastructure on site, and all sites will contribute CIL. The Greater Norwich authorities are the only local authorities in the country to pool CIL money to deliver infrastructure improvements across the area in a co-ordinated way, which gives a better outcome for our residents.

Since 2014, the Greater Norwich Growth Board have contributed 12.3m from their pooled CIL towards projects that are strategically supporting growth. In addition, the board agreed that up to £40 million of a loan facility, agreed through the City Deal, should be borrowed to support the development of the Northern Distributor Route into the Broadland Northway. Repayments of this loan are also paid from pooled CIL.

You can be sure infrastructure will be considered at every stage, and the local plan inspector will require us to show there is a reasonable chance that necessary infrastructure will be provided. Development will not be allowed to proceed without the necessary infrastructure in place or programmed to be delivered alongside it.