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.
To help us determine exactly how much housing we need to plan for, we commissioned leading experts to undertake a study known as a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) covering Central Norfolk – not only the Greater Norwich area but North Norfolk and Breckland councils as well. This looked at population growth trends, household formation rates, affordability, evidence from developers and the predictions for economic growth to decide our “objectively assessed need” for housing (called the OAN) in the area covered by the GNLP and neighbouring district’s local plans.
Since the SHMA was published, the government has said it intends to change the way future housing need is worked out for plan making purposes. That way, all local authorities would be using the same national standard method for calculating an area’s local housing need (LHN). Although this method could change, it is sensible to base this local plan on the new method proposed by the government, rather than the old method used in the SHMA. This method suggests a local housing need of around 39,000 homes in the period 2017 to 2036.
We also have to ensure the plan is flexible enough to support a growing economy and to provide for our local housing need, even if some sites are not built by 2036. Therefore, an additional 10% contingency or “delivery buffer” is added and the plan will ensure that sufficient sites are identified for around 42,900 homes.
As of April 2017 we had a commitment of identified sites with planning permission and identified in existing plans for nearly 35,700 homes, so the GNLP needs to provide land for 7,200 additional homes.