How will local infrastructure be improved to support new growth?
New development in the plan will need to be supported by new and improved infrastructure, including schools, medical facilities, roads, public transport and other community facilities. Growth can 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, which covers education, transport, community and green infrastructure. This has identified around £570m of necessary infrastructure improvements, of which £400 million is already secured through developer contributions and other funding. Working in partnership helped make the case for A11 dualling and NDR funding and is likely to have influenced Highways England taking full responsibility for funding the planned improvements to Thickthorn junction, rather than being partly funded through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
The City Deal 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 borrowing to provide short term loans to developers to provide infrastructure and help the creation of additional homes and jobs.
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. Current estimates of CIL income suggest a collective Infrastructure Investment Fund of approximately £78 million from 2013 to 2026 for the delivery of this programme.
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.
GNDP partners are also carrying out a Transport for Norwich survey to help plan the future of transport in the area. Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/tfnreview to take part and find out more.