The Draft Strategy and Sites Plan consultation closed on Monday 16th March.

All responses will be processed and will be available online in due course. If you have any queries please contact the GNLP Team – gnlp@norfolk.gov.uk.

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.

09:00 29 January to 17:00 16 March 2020

Stage C Regulation 18 Draft Strategy and Site Allocations

The consultation comprises of:

  • A Draft Strategy including the vision and objectives, and strategic policies.
  • A Sites Document that contains details of all the preferred sites for future development (excluding South Norfolk villages that will be allocated through the South Norfolk Villages Clusters Housing Site Allocation Document).
  • Booklets that explain why certain sites were preferred over others.
  • Various evidence documents (such as the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment).

The aim is to publish the final version of the plan for the Regulation 19 pre-submission in 2021 for comments on procedural ‘soundness’. The plan is expected to be adopted in 2022.

View sites submitted at the last consultation (Autumn 2018) 

Ongoing schedule of corrections     Roadshow Schedule

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29 October to 14 December 2018

Stage B Regulation 18 New, Revised and Small Sites Consultation

This consultation covered newly submitted sites, revisions to some of the sites already consulted on and small sites.

Altogether, there were a further 200 more sites.

More information on new, small and revised sites consultation

8 January to 15 March 2018

Stage A Regulation 18 Site Proposals and Growth Options

This consultation dealt with more than 600 sites suggested to us by developers and landowners called “Site Proposals”.

This was accompanied by a “Growth Options” consultation on strategic policies to guide how and where different kinds of development might be distributed over the whole area.

A feedback report on the Growth Option consultation (the “Draft Statement of Consultation”) is available online.

View Growth Option consultation feedback report

For more information on the first stage of consultation, including all comments made on sites

Information on the first stage of consultation   Site Proposals Submission Documents

Background

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.

Housing

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).

Infrastructure

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
  • Transport
  • Schools
  • Medical facilities

New development helps to meet the cost of new infrastructure by providing or contributing funding to new facilities.

Environment

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.