Why do we need to plan for migration?
The GNLP will meet the housing needs of all our residents, but we can’t stop people from moving into the area from elsewhere. In fact, we wouldn’t want to stop migration. More people means we can safeguard existing services and provide new ones, and makes the area more attractive to businesses. Also, if we don’t provide enough housing in the market for people moving to Greater Norwich demand for new homes will exceed supply. This will put up prices and make it increasingly difficult for local people to enter the housing market. The government requires us to consider migration in assessing housing need.
Although the UK will be leaving the EU and the exact changes to migration and the economy are uncertain, most of our migration comes from elsewhere in the UK and has been a feature of our area for many years. It is likely that this trend will continue.