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. 

This Consultation has now closed.

What is a neighbourhood plan, and what is the relationship between the local plan and neighbourhood plans?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 to help communities shape development in their areas. Neighbourhood plans become part of the development plan, once adopted (or ‘made’). A neighbourhood plan cannot block development that is already part of the local plan, but they can shape where that development will go and what it will look like. They can also protect important areas of local green space. Neighbourhood plans should be in ‘general conformity’ with ‘strategic’ policies set out in the local plan. The GNLP will identify which policies are considered to be strategic. Government guidance on neighbourhood planning can be found here.

Communities that have decided to prepare their own Neighbourhood Plans are entitled to an increased share of pooled funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to support their own local infrastructure projects.

A number of neighbourhood plans have been adopted in the area. Others are in the course of preparation or are proposed. The following list sets out the current position:


Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted in the following areas:

The following parishes are preparing a Neighbourhood Plan:

  • Aylsham
  • Buxton with Lamas
  • Guestwick
  • Horstead with Stanninghall
  • Reedham
  • Spixworth
  • Taverham
  • Thorpe St Andrew
  • Wroxham


In June 2018 Norwich City Council designated a neighbourhood area covering the Northern City Centre.   

South Norfolk

Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted in the following areas: 

The following parishes are preparing a Neighbourhood Plan:

  • Diss and district
  • Poringland
  • Dickleburgh and Rushall
  • Starston
  • Long Stratton