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. 

Why do we need more housing?

More people move into Greater Norwich than leave, mainly from elsewhere in the UK. Additionally, people are living longer, there is a tendency for households to get smaller and young people are finding it increasingly difficult to establish their own home; so even with no population growth there is a need for more housing.

If we don't plan to meet the housing needs that evidence says we will need to meet, supply will not meet demand and upward pressure on house prices and rents will make it even more difficult for young people to get a home.

Housing is linked to the economy in many ways. If there are not enough homes, businesses will suffer from a shortage of customers and employees. Therefore, a housing shortage could stop companies expanding and prevent new businesses from setting up here.

Without a clear and detailed plan to manage growth there is also a greater risk that housing developments will be allowed in unplanned and less suitable locations. If we don’t have an up to date plan in place, national policy gives developers the advantage if they wanted to build on sites we may not choose.