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.
The Greater Norwich economy has grown significantly in recent years and has further strong growth potential. Since 2011 (when employment hit a post-crash low) the economy has grown by 29,000 jobs. Over the longer period since 2001 it has grown by 40,000 jobs1.
Since 2015, based on forecasts, the most significant growth sectors are expected to have been business administration and support services; arts; entertainment; recreation and other services; construction; retail; health; education, financial and insurance and motor trades.
The positive impact of Norwich University of the Arts is likely to have made a strong contribution to the growth of the service sector in the city centre. The construction sector, which had experienced decline previously, is forecast to have grown significantly throughout Greater Norwich recently. The recent rise in house completions across the Greater Norwich area, one of the main objectives of the Joint Core Strategy, is likely to be the one of the driving forces behind this.
Over the next few years the potential for growth will be enhanced by the recent opening of the Broadland Northway and planned improvements to the A47 and train services.
The Greater Norwich authorities work with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help shape the economic growth and development of the area, and Greater Norwich has become one of the key ‘engines of growth’ in the region.
Our economic advisers believe that the economy can continue to grow strongly, particularly in ‘high value’ sectors. This is reinforced by the LEP’s economic strategy and other plans to attract growth in high tech and knowledge-based industries such as life sciences, biotechnology, agri-tech, food and drink, creative and digital industries, and high-value engineering. This is in addition to other locally important industries such as retail, tourism and financial services. The GNLP will support the creation of a range of employment opportunities, including high-quality, high-value jobs.