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. 

There are not enough GPs at the local medical centre - how will they cope if more houses are built?

The NHS has programmes both nationally and locally to address the current GP shortage, for example the GP Forward View by NHS England. This plan allocates an additional £2.4 billion towards general practice by 2020, including an extra 5,000 new GPs over the next five years as well as thousands more general practice nurses and other staff. Locally, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are looking to expand the healthcare workforce.

We will consider the location of GP surgeries when deciding on the distribution of growth, but as GP capacity affects almost all areas it is not something we can consider when making decisions about how much development each area can take. The GNLP will consider whether there are sufficient health care facilities (i.e. buildings) within the area, and the Greater Norwich authorities will continue to work with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, NHS England and the CCGs to ensure there are plans in place to deliver new or expanded facilities where they are needed.