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).

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Local Plan Process

What is this consultation about?

The current consultation is your chance to comment on the Draft Strategy and Sites Plan for the Greater Norwich Local Plan. The Draft Strategy outlines the broad approach to housing and jobs growth, along with policies to ensure sustainability, protecting our environment and providing infrastructure. The Sites Plan identifies the sites which we intend to allocate to meet housing and employment needs to 2038. This excludes villages within South Norfolk which will be addressed through a separate housing sites allocation document.

What is a local plan?

Local plans are an essential part of the country’s land use planning system – they help to manage new development responsibly for the benefit of everyone and to make sure development happens in the right places. A local plan sets out a vision for the future growth of an area. It sets out what is going to be developed, where it will happen and how it will be achieved. Once adopted, a local plan is used when decisions on planning applications are made in the area it covers.

Local plans have to tie in with Government policy, along with regional and local strategies for the economy, transport, the environment and other issues. A local plan includes strategic planning policies to guide development, and identifies sites for new homes, jobs and infrastructure.

Who is making this new local plan?

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). The Broads Authority is also part of the GNDP but produces a separate local plan. 

Why is a new local plan being prepared so soon after the last ones were adopted?

Plans must be kept up to date and Government suggests a review is required at least every five years. Plans should also look ahead into the future at least 15 years. The current local plans, which include the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) and separate site allocations documents, were adopted at various times between 2011 and 2016. An early review of plans is often beneficial to reflect changing local circumstances or changing national planning policies.

The evidence supporting local plans goes out of date over time and needs reviewing as well. The current timetable is to have the local plan examined by an independent inspector in 2021 and for each local authority to adopt it in 2022. Whereas current plans look to 2026, the new Greater Norwich Local Plan will be to 2038.

What will the new local plan contain?

The Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) will:

  • contain a vision and objectives for the area and strategic policies;
  • identify land for a range of uses, such as housing, employment, community uses, leisure, and retail;
  • identify land that should be protected from development; and
  • set indicators for monitoring the plan’s implementation.

Have you decided where the new growth is going?

This Draft Plan shows our currently preferred locations for the additional growth needed to 2038 (approximately 7,840 additional homes). The responses to this consultation will help in deciding what changes need to be made before the final plan is published. Sites for around 36,500 homes are already identified in existing local plans or have planning permission.

This is 82% of the sites needed for the period to 2038 (in total for around 44,300 homes). Far more sites were submitted for us to consider than are needed. This means that some of the sites submitted have been identified as ‘reasonable alternative sites’ while many were considered ‘unreasonable’.

What evidence have you based your decisions on?

We have undertaken a wide range of evidence gathering, including evidence on housing need, economic growth, flood risk, caravans and houseboats needs, environmental assessments, green infrastructure, a power study, a water cycle study and a development viability study. We have asked for views from a variety of consultees on the suitability of sites proposed to us and have had meetings and workshops with stakeholders including transport, water, electricity, health and  education providers, as well as developers.

A sustainability appraisal and equalities impact assessment are important parts of plan production, and these are published alongside the Draft Plan for comment. This evidence base will be added to as the local plan progresses, as well as including the results of the consultation.

Can new sites be considered for inclusion in the local plan?

Work on the GNLP commenced in 2016 with a ‘Call for Sites’ that asked landowners, their agents, and developers to submit details of land they wished to be considered for future development. Further sites, and revisions to those sites, have since been considered, but it is not too late to send in details of a completely new site. A form requesting basic information about your site is available to download. A site plan and other relevant supporting information should be provided as well. Download submission form.

Questions about the Quantity & Distribution of Growth

Why do we need more housing?

More people move into the Greater Norwich area than move out. 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 if there were no population growth there is a need for more housing. If the housing that is needed is not planned for, the supply of homes will not meet demand and upward pressure on house prices and rents will make it even more difficult for people to get a home.

Housing is also linked to how the local economy performs. 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.

Without a clear and detailed local plan to manage growth there is also a greater risk that housing developments will be allowed in unplanned and less suitable locations. Without an up to date local plan in place, national planning policy favours allowing development, potentially in locations that would not otherwise be preferred.

How much housing is being proposed?

The Government publishes a standard methodology for determining housing need that it expects councils to follow. This method suggests a minimum local housing need of around 40,500 homes in the period 2018 to 2038. At present, with existing commitment (including increased numbers on some existing sites) new allocations will need to provide at least 7,800 homes.

The overall housing figure in the draft plan of 44,340 homes  includes a 9% buffer to ensure delivery to meet local housing need. Also, to help determine housing needs in more detail, consultants undertook a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) covering Central Norfolk – not only the Greater Norwich area but North Norfolk and Breckland councils as well.

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. More people means we can safeguard existing services and provide new ones, making 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 considers this when it assesses housing need. Most of those moving to Greater Norwich come from elsewhere in the UK and this has been a feature of our area for many years. It is likely that this trend will continue.

My local area has some allocations from the last local plan – does this mean we’ve had our share?

Planned development that is yet to be built is taken into account, but it does not necessarily mean your neighbourhood, town, or village is excluded from new allocations. The purpose of writing a local plan is to establish what land is needed for development and to choose the best possible sites. Sometimes that may mean extending an existing allocation or choosing an additional or different location. Part of that judgement is looking at what has been recently built (known as completions) and anticipating what will get built (planning permissions and allocations).

For residential development, recent completions together with existing commitments (meaning land with an allocation or planning permission) totals around 33,500 homes. Nearly 3,000 homes were built in 2018/19 which contributes to meeting the need from 2018 to 2038. For jobs and employment, large areas of land are safeguarded. Amongst the major examples that should provide many jobs in the future are Norwich Research Park (NRP), and Broadland Business Park. This consultation contains detailed proposals for sites to allocate for development. Maps are available that show new site allocation proposals together with existing allocations that have been carried forward.

Can’t you build a new settlement, and put all the growth there?

A new town or village would require a lot of investment in new roads, schools, shops, and doctors’ surgeries, amongst other things. New towns take many years to get started, so would only account for some of the growth needed in this plan period to 2038. However, by identifying the proposed new settlements at Honingham Thorpe, Silfield, and Hethel as reasonable alternatives the plan allows this as a possible option for the future.

What will be the impact on the countryside?

Concentrating development on ‘brownfield’ sites is a priority, with 27% of new homes in the draft plan on brownfield sites, but not all new development can be accommodated on previously used land. This is the reality of planning for enough jobs and homes, but nevertheless, development can be planned so that it minimises impact on countryside landscapes. The local plan can do this by choosing development sites next to existing development, and not in remote open countryside. The local plan will also take care to avoid development on sites that are home to protected plants and wildlife.

It is also important that people have access to open green space. Residential development will be required to make appropriate provision for this. For example, as part of large-scale development proposals new country parks are proposed at Beeston and at Rackheath. Smaller developments will also be expected to contribute to overall provision of ‘green infrastructure’. Collectively, such projects will provide new wildlife habitat, open spaces for people to visit, or landscaping to improve countryside views.

Could there be a Green Belt for Norwich?

There are no green belts designated anywhere in Norfolk and the nearest is around Cambridge. Critically, green belts do not stop development but move that pressure from the edges of a city to surrounding ‘satellite’ towns. Also, under Government policy, new green belts can only be set up in exceptional circumstances. In Greater Norwich, the control of development in the countryside is done through the use of countryside protection policies. Backed by Government policy, known as the National Planning Policy Framework, the use of countryside protection policies will continue in the new local plan. Therefore, although the possibility of a green belt has been considered, it has not been taken forward in the Draft Plan.

Where are all the jobs coming from?

The Greater Norwich economy has grown significantly in recent years and has further strong growth potential. Between 2011-2018 total employment is estimated to have grown by 14.5% (29,100 jobs). Amongst the sectors that have grown are: accommodation and food services; IT and communications; professional, scientific and technical activities; education; and, health and social work. The outlook for the local economy is extremely positive, but not all sectors have grown: agriculture, manufacturing and insurance have all seen a fall in employment levels.

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 industrial and economic strategies 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. Growth in these industries mean that Greater Norwich is well placed to play a role in the development of a post carbon economy, both locally and more widely. This growth 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.

What are the growth options?

The distribution of development in the plan tends to focus more growth higher up the hierarchy maximising the use of brownfield land and providing for urban extensions close to existing jobs, services and infrastructure. Within that general approach several alternative approaches can be identified for the distribution of development. The consultation in early 2018 on Growth Options identified six reasonable alternatives:

  • Option 1 - Concentration close to Norwich
  • Option 2 – Transport corridors
  • Option 3 – Supporting the Cambridge to Norwich Tech Corridor
  • Option 4 - Dispersal
  • Option 5 – Dispersal plus New Settlement
  • Option 6 – Dispersal plus Urban Growth

The preferred option in this plan combines concentration of most of the development in and around Norwich and on the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor, with an element of dispersal to villages to support thriving rural communities. Detailed variations on this option may be reasonable, but overall it is considered that this approach provides the best balance across the range of objectives of the plan. 

Infrastructure

How will infrastructure be improved to support new growth?

New development in the local plan will need to be supported by new and improved infrastructure, including schools, health facilities, roads, public transport and other community facilities. The Greater Norwich authorities are working with infrastructure providers to identify the likely infrastructure requirements to support the GNLP. Planning flexibly for a changing world will also mean that we are able to adapt to changes that are difficult to predict at present (for example, digital communication improvements and increasing use of electric vehicles). 

Alongside the local plan is the Greater Norwich Infrastructure Plan (GNIP). Updated yearly, the GNIP covers education, transport, community and green infrastructure projects which will support the development scheduled to happen in the area. By working together the Greater Norwich authorities have a stronger voice when negotiating with government. For example, working in partnership helped make the case for dualling the A11, constructing the Broadland Northway, and for planning improvements at the Thickthorn junction to link the A11 and A47.

The City Deal, agreed with government in 2013, gives the Greater Norwich authorities the ability to borrow up to £80 million at a reduced rate from the Public Works Loan Board. Within that, Greater Norwich authorities negotiated £20 million of borrowing for short-term loans to developers to provide infrastructure, known as the Local Infrastructure Fund. The remaining loan facility was split as a £40 million contribution to the Broadland Northway, with approximately £10 million set aside towards the Long Stratton by-pass and £10 million for works in the City Centre.

Funding for infrastructure also comes from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Since 2014, the Greater Norwich Growth Board (GNGB) has overseen decisions on investment to support infrastructure and has contributed £13.6m from their pooled CIL towards projects that are strategically supporting growth. The Greater Norwich authorities pool CIL money together to deliver infrastructure improvements across the area in a co-ordinated way, which gives a better outcome for our residents.

Norfolk County Council was successfully shortlisted as one of 12 UK cities eligible to apply for a share of the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). £6.1 million has already been secured for the Norwich area, and this will help deliver the vision of clean transport, a healthy environment, increased social mobility and enhanced access to employment and learning. Further funding bids are in preparation.

You can be sure infrastructure will be considered at every stage, and that the local plan inspector will require us to show there is a reasonable chance that necessary infrastructure will be provided. 

How will the transport system cope with growth?

In order to reduce environmental impact including contributions to climate change and air pollution, it is important that locations chosen for growth allow opportunity to reduce the need to travel, promote walking and cycling and make best use of existing transport networks and planned improvements. As well as the work being done for the local plan, Norfolk County Council is looking at wider issues on our transport networks and is undertaking a review of the transport strategy for the Norwich area and network improvement strategies for market towns. These strategies are being developed alongside the emerging growth plans and will look at the opportunities for wider improvements to the transport system.

There are not enough GPs at the local medical centre – how will they cope if more houses are built?

The NHS has programmes in place to address the current pressures on healthcare services. This includes new ways of working, use of new technology, and of course recruiting more doctors. Locally too, NHS organisations under the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), are finding ways to help keep people well, expand healthcare services, and to ensure services are better coordinated.

The Norfolk Health Protocol is a collaboration and engagement protocol between local planning authorities, the Norfolk and Waveney STP, clinical commissioning groups, health partners and Public Health Norfolk which seeks to plan for future growth and to promote wellbeing. By working together with local planning authorities NHS organisations can be clear about the locations and timing of new housing and jobs, and this enables informed decision-making about how and when to expand health facilities.

Updated evidence will be included in the final version of the GNLP.

Neighbourhood Plans

What is a neighbourhood plan, and what is the relationship between the local plan and neighbourhood plans?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 to help communities shape development in their areas. Neighbourhood plans may be prepared by a parish or town council, a neighbourhood forum or a community organisation. Neighbourhood plans become part of the development plan, once adopted (or ‘made’). A neighbourhood plan cannot block development that is already part of the local plan, but it can shape where that development will go and what it will look like.

Neighbourhood plans can also allocate sites for development and can protect important areas of local green space. Another important principle is that neighbourhood plans should be in ‘general conformity’ with ‘strategic’ policies as set out in the local plan for their area. Government guidance on neighbourhood planning can be found on the government website.

Neighbourhood Planning

Communities that prepare their own neighbourhood plan become entitled to an increased share of pooled funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to support their own local infrastructure projects.

A number of neighbourhood plans have been adopted in the area, and others are in the course of preparation or are proposed.

The following list sets out the current position:

Broadland

Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted in the following areas:

  • Acle (2015)
  • Aylsham (2019) 
  • Blofield (2016)
  • Brundall (2016)
  • Drayton (2016)
  • Great and Little Plumstead (2015)
  • Hellesdon (2017)
  • Horsford (2018)
  • Old Catton (2016)
  • Rackheath (2017)
  • Salhouse (2017)
  • Sprowston (2014)
  • Strumpshaw (2014)
  • Wroxham (2019)

The following parishes are preparing a Neighbourhood Plan:

  • Buxton with Lamas
  • Guestwick
  • Horstead with Stanninghall
  • Reedham
  • Spixworth
  • Taverham
  • Thorpe St Andrew

Norwich

In June 2018 Norwich City Council designated a neighbourhood area covering the Northern City Centre.

South Norfolk

Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted in the following areas:

  • Cringleford (2014)
  • Mulbarton (2016)
  • Easton (2017)

The following parishes are preparing a Neighbourhood Plan:

  • Dickleburgh and Rushall
  • Diss and District
  • Long Stratton
  • Poringland
  • Starston
  • Trowse with Newton

What happens next?

What can I comment on, and how can I comment?

This Regulation 18 consultation on the Draft Strategy shows what the final local plan could look like, as well as including preferred site proposals for where development could occur in the Draft Sites Plan. Views are welcome on all aspects of the local plan, from its objectives and the high-level policies, through to details of particular sites proposed for development and the evidence base supporting its development.

To give as many people as possible the chance to comment we will be doing the following as part of our consultation:

  • All those on the GNLP database will be invited to respond, as well as parish and town councils.
  • Posters will be sent to parish and town councils and will also be displayed in libraries and at key locations.
  • Newspapers will be used to advertise the consultation.
  • Social media will be used.
  • All consultation information will be available at district council offices, County Hall, and at libraries.
  • Limited and selected printed materials will be available on request in cases where it is impractical for them to be accessed online (email us at gnlp@norfolk.gov.uk or phone us on 01603 306603).
  • There will be a number of exhibitions held at key locations across the area, and planning officers will be available during office hours to respond to any phone or email queries relating to the consultation.

Visit one of our many roadshows to have your say at: 

  • Acle Community Centre, 6 February, 2 to 8pm
  • Aylsham Town Hall, 11 February, 2 to 8pm
  • Costessey Centre, 13 February, 2 to 8pm
  • Chedgrave, Brian Clark Meeting Room, 17 February, 2 to 8 pm
  • Cringleford Willow Centre, 4 February, 2 to 8pm
  • Diss, The Corn Hall, 3 March, 2 to 8pm
  • Harleston Library, 28 February, 2 to 6.30pm
  • Hingham, Lincoln Hall, 25 February, 2 to 8pm
  • Horsford Village Hall, 4 March, 2 to 8pm
  • Norwich, The Forum, 26 February and 5 March, 2 to 8pm
  • Sprowston, Diamond Centre, 19 February, 2 to 8pm
  • Taverham Village Hall, 21 February, 2 to 8pm
  • North Wymondham Community Centre, 14 Feb, 2 to 8pm

The quickest and easiest way of responding to this consultation is online at ‘Have Your Say’ on this website. 

Have Your Say

The consultation comprises of:

  • A Draft Strategy explaining the challenges we face, objectives, and strategic policies.
  • A Sites Plan 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 Sites Allocation Document).
  • Booklets that explain why certain sites were preferred over others.
  • Various evidence documents (such as the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment).

Once comments have been checked and verified they will be available online (with respondents’ names) for others to see.

Any representations which contain offensive comments will be removed from the consultation site. Whilst we will include names on our website, we will remove personal contact details such as addresses, telephone numbers, emails and signatures before publishing.

If you wish to comment but feel you have a strong reason for your name to be withheld from publication, you can contact your district councillor who will put forward your comments as appropriate.

Please note that where you submit your views in writing to your local district councillor, this is described as “lobbying” and the local member will be obliged to pass these on. The local district councillor will be required to provide your details to the GNLP where they will be stored for their records.

Please note, however, that if you subsequently wish to comment as part of the formal Regulation 19 (Final Draft) stage of the Greater Norwich Local Plan comments must be attributable for the public examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

See our Privacy notice for information on how we manage your personal information. 

If you have any further questions about the ways to comment, or if you need access to the consultation documentation in an alternative format or language, please email us at gnlp@norfolk.gov.uk or phone us on 01603 306603.

Will I get a reply to my comment?

Our consultation website will give you a reference so you have a record of submitting your comment, and our GNLP mailbox will send an automated reply so you will know we have received your email. We will not be able to give an individual reply to your comments, as we expect to receive a lot of them. However, we will consider all comments made and a composite response will be produced to cover the issues raised.

Will you keep me informed as the plan progresses?

We have a database of people who have expressed an interest in the GNLP’s progress. If you make a comment on any of the consultation documents, we will add your contact details to the database, so you will be informed as we reach the next consultation stage. If you have no comment to make at this stage but wish to be kept informed, please ask to be added.

When will I find out what decisions have been made in my area?

After this current consultation, a Regulation 19 plan will then be prepared for public comment on ‘soundness’ followed by submission to the Secretary of State and consideration by a planning inspector, with adoption of the plan scheduled for 2022.  The GNLP website will be updated as the local plan progresses.

Will my parish council be involved in the local plan process?

We held workshops for parish councils at the start of the local plan process. They are statutory consultees during this Regulation 18 consultation, and we will continue to work with parish councils as we produce the local plan. They will be notified of the key stages as the plan progresses.

When will the new plan be adopted?

The Greater Norwich authorities plan to adopt the GNLP in 2022. This will not replace all district-level plans (like area action plans and development management policies) but will replace the Joint Core Strategy and site allocation documents.

Key Facts and Projections

Homes

The table below summaries the existing housing stock in 2018 and shows how new development will be distributed between the City, towns, key service centres, and village clusters of Greater Norwich.

AreaHomes 2018Homes 2038 (and increase)Increase %% of total housing growth
Norwich urban area 106,100 136,660 (+30,560)   29 69
The Main Towns 19,400 25,742 (+ 6,342)   33 14
The Key Service Centres 15,900 19,317 (+ 3,417) 21 8
Village clusters 46,100 50,124 (+ 4,024)   9 9
Total 187,500 231,843 (+ 44,343)   24  

The distribution of new housing between the Norwich urban area, towns, and villages is referred to as the settlement hierarchy. It is defined as: 

  1. The Norwich urban area which consists of Norwich and the built-up parts of the fringe parishes of Colney, Costessey, Cringleford, Drayton, Easton, Hellesdon, Old Catton, Sprowston, Taverham, Thorpe St. Andrew, Trowse and the remainder of the Growth Triangle.
  2. The main towns which are Aylsham, Diss (including part of Roydon), Long Stratton, Harleston and Wymondham.
  3. The key service centres which are Acle, Blofield, Brundall, Hethersett, Hingham, Loddon/Chedgrave, Poringland/Framingham Earl, Reepham and Wroxham.
  4. Village clusters which cover the remainder of the Greater Norwich Local Plan area.

Of the approximately 44,300 homes proposed in the area, land has already been earmarked for around 36,500 homes (82%) accounted for by schemes which have planning permission and development sites which are allocated in existing local plan documents. Therefore, sites for the remaining 18% -- approximately 6,640 additional homes are proposed through the GNLP. This figure excludes the sites in the South Norfolk village clusters which will be identified through a separate plan. .

Each year, the number of empty homes is counted. The exact number fluctuates annually, but over the last decade, it has tended to be approximately 1,000 long-term empty properties across Greater Norwich, or equal to about 0.05% of the total housing stock. Even if the number of empty homes were to be reduced further (which is an aim) this would barely alter the number of new additional homes needed.

More than 8m people in England – around 1 in 7 – are living in an unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable 

Unsuitable Housing
(source: National Housing Federation)

‘Hidden households’ includes:

  • People living in house shares or with friends who can't afford to move out
  • People living with their parents (mainly young adults unable to leave their parents' home, and couples with children who've moved back in with their parents for affordability reasons or after being made homeless)
  • People still living with an ex-partner, despite the relationship breaking down, because they can't afford to move out

Housing costs vs income - Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk 2017/2018

  19972018
Broadland 4.1 9.2
Norwich 2.7 7
South Norfolk 3.8 8.8
Mean Average 3.53 8.3

 Housing Cost vs Income
(source: National Housing Federation)

Table showing Property price to earnings ratio

House Prices compared to Earnings
(source: National Housing Federation)

Graph showing household income versus income if it matched housing inflation 

Land use

The first two charts below show that 5.8% of the land in Greater Norwich is currently built on, almost exactly the same percentage as for the country as a whole. The last three charts show that 3% of land is built on in South Norfolk, 6% in Broadland and 68% in Norwich. Farmland dominates in South Norfolk and Broadland to a far greater extent than in the country as a whole. Over 30% of the land in Norwich is open space, a high figure for an urban area.

land use 1
Source: Corine Land Cover Inventory 2017 

land use 2
Source: Corine Land Cover Inventory 2017 

land use 3
Source: Corine Land Cover Inventory 2017 

land use 4
Source: Corine Land Cover Inventory 2017 

land use 5
Source: Corine Land Cover Inventory 2017 

How will the area’s population change?

Long term trends underpin the need for the GNLP to plan for continued population growth. The numbers of people living in Greater Norwich rose steadily from 351,000 in 2001 to 381,000 in 2011. This was due to both natural increase, such as people living longer, and people moving into the area, largely from elsewhere in the UK. Further estimates shown in the graph below suggest that this increase will continue in the years up to 2038, rising from around 406,000 in 2018 to around 452,000 by 2038.

population 1

The population of Greater Norwich has relatively high proportions of older people compared to national figures and this pattern is set to increase to 2038. Broadland and South Norfolk have proportions of older people significantly above the national average. Further growth of the older population will add to already significant pressure on residential and home care services, so it is important that the GNLP plans for changing housing needs.

population 2

Population predictions by age group show that:

  • the proportion of people aged 65 and over is expected to grow by 4% from 21% to 26% by 2038.
  • the proportion of people in the main working age groups (25-44 and 45-64) will fall by 5% from 50% to 46%.

An ageing population will give rise to higher demand for specialist services and accommodation for elderly people. At the same time the decline in the working age population will mean a smaller tax base to fund care services.

Jobs Growth

Evidence gathered for the local plan has investigated both the “business as usual” scenario for jobs growth in Greater Norwich and the potential for enhanced growth. Our local economy continues to do well, and in the period 2015 to 2018 estimates suggest that around 15,000 jobs were delivered in the Greater Norwich area. This is an increase of around 8,000 jobs on the ‘business as usual’ estimates for the Greater Norwich economy. For the plan period of 2018 to 2038 the Draft Strategy suggests a target for at least 33,000 additional jobs.