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.
What is the Greater Norwich Local Plan?
The local plan will cover the period from 2018 to 2038. It will set out a vision and strategy for growth and include policies which will be used to determine planning applications in the Greater Norwich area.
The GNLP will identify sites for new homes, jobs, community facilities and infrastructure and set out how the plan will be achieved.
Why are the councils producing a new GNLP?
Local plans must be kept up to date – the Government suggests a review at least every five years and plans should look forward at least 15 years. Our current local plans, which include the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) and separate site allocations documents for the area, were adopted at various points between 2011 and 2016. They include policies which need an early review because local circumstances and national policies have changed. Local plans take some time to produce and the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) is expected to be adopted – that is, come into legal force – in 2022. Most current plans look to 2026 and the new GNLP will look to 2038 to maintain the 15 year time frame.
Three land allocation documents are not being reviewed at this time, these are area action plans for the North East Growth Triangle, Long Stratton and Wymondham. Development management policies documents will also be reviewed at a later date.
What will the new GNLP contain?
The GNLP will:
- Contain a vision and objectives for the area and strategic policies.
- Allocate land for a range of uses, such as housing, employment, community uses, leisure and retail.
- Identify land that should be protected from development.
- Outline how we will monitor the plan’s effectiveness.
- The Greater Norwich Local Plan will support and promote the growth of an enterprising, creative, broad based economy with high productivity and a skilled workforce. In a time of rapid social, economic and environment change, it will help the area to transition to a post carbon economy.
It will include policies that:
- Support the economy by investing in infrastructure, enhancing the environment and helping to improve quality of life for residents.
- Encourage and enable development of strategic employment locations in the city centre, the Norwich Airport area, Broadland Business Park/Broadland Gate, Norwich Research Park, Wymondham / Hethel, Longwater and the Food Enterprise Zone.
- Promote the Cambridge/Norwich Tech Corridor growth initiative. This will support the growth of the employment sectors which our area specialises in, including food and health research and the digital creative and high value engineering sectors. This promote positive growth and help the country to move towards a post carbon economy.
- Promote strong communities.
- Provide jobs close to where people live.
- Support a thriving rural economy.
Why do we need your help?
We need your help to make sure the final local plan meets the needs and wishes of our communities and would like to hear what you think about the strategy and sites we are consulting on. We want to grow stronger communities together, so we are inviting everyone to have their say.
Why the area needs growth
The Greater Norwich Local Plan will look both at the needs of our current communities and at the needs of future generations. Changing population patterns lead to a need both for new and different kinds of housing. Growth also requires more and better jobs and new and improved infrastructure, with new schools, open spaces, transport and leisure facilities for everyone. This needs to be done in a way which will protect and enhance the environment.
More housing is needed because:
- Greater Norwich is an attractive place to live and work and more people move to the area than leave, mainly from elsewhere in the UK.
- People are living longer, there is a tendency for smaller households and young people are finding it increasingly difficult to move into their own home.
- More people are in need of housing as not enough homes have been built in recent years. Government policy aims to significantly boost the supply of houses for all in society.
Sites across Greater Norwich for around 36,500 homes are already identified in the existing local plans, have planning permission, or have been built since the start of the plan period in 2018. This is 82% of the sites needed for the period to 2038 (the total number is about 44,300 homes).
Growth in housing and jobs needs to be supported by new and improved infrastructure. Infrastructure includes a wide range of facilities and services such as:
- Green spaces
- Community facilities
- Medical facilities
New development helps to meet the cost of new infrastructure by providing or contributing funding to new facilities.
We will continue to protect the most valued parts of our area and enhance green infrastructure for nature and people. To help to do this, the GNLP will maximise the amount of development on ‘brownfield’ sites and make sure that new development improves the green infrastructure network. Where we have to identify greenfield sites for development, we will base our decisions on evidence which will enable us to provide new green spaces, protect valuable landscapes, improve nature sites, and protect our natural resources, including minerals and water.