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20 February 2024

The report by independent Inspectors' Mike Worden BA(Hons) Dip TP MRTPI and Thomas Hatfield BA(Hons) MA MRTPI into the soundness and legal compliance of the GNLP has now been published.  The report concludes that the GNLP is sound and can be adopted as part of the local plans for Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk, subject to the inclusion of the recommended main modifications.  The Inspectors' Report and other relevant documentation can be viewed in Section J of the Document Library.

Adoption of the plan will be considered by the GNLP Councils on the following dates:

Norwich City Council 12 March 2024

South Norfolk Council 25 March 2024

Broadland District Council 28 March 2024

25 October 2023

Consultation on the proposed Main Modifications to the GNLP commenced at midday on Wednesday 25 October 2023.  The consultation closes on Wednesday 6 December 2023.

11 August 2023

A letter from the Inspectors has been added to section I of the Document Library.

14 July 2023

Hearing statements regarding Matter 6 and Matter 17 (Gypsies and Travellers, Travelling Show People and Residential Caravans) have been added to section H9 of the Document Library

22 June 2023

Inspectors' Matters Issues and Questions for the July 2023 hearing session into the GNLP proposed sites for Gypsies and Travellers, Travelling Show People and Residential Caravans have been added to section H9 of the Document Library.  The hearing session will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 25 July.  Those not speaking will be able to observe via YouTube.

5 June 2023

Gypsy and Traveller Sites Additional Focussed Consultation - New Sites June 2023

A consultation on sites for Gypsies and Travellers at Foulsham, Guestwick and Hevingham will commence on 5 June and will close at midday on 3 July 2023.

A Gypsy and Traveller Sites Focussed Consultation took place from January to March 2023.  Three new/expanded sites were submitted through that consultation.  To ensure that these sites can be properly examined, a further focussed consultation is required to take place.  The sites and initial site assessments are provided below.

  • GNLP5025, Woodyard, Reepham Road, Foulsham: site for 2 additional pitches beyond the 2 already occupied.  The site is not recommended for inclusion in the plan through the consultation.  This is because it is located on an acute bend, so allowing more pitches would lead to an increase in vehicle movements using a difficult access.
  • GNLP5026, Land off Peddlars Turnpike, Guestwick Green: a new site of 3 pitches.  The site is not proposed for allocation for highway safety reasons and because it relies on a remote surrounding highway network which has limited capacity.
  • GNLP5027, Land off Brick Kiln Road, Hevingham: for 5 additional pitches beyond the 1 already occupied.  The initial assessment indicates it is suitable for development.

No final decisions have been made on these sites yet.  We are not consulting on any other sites that we asked for views on during previous GNLP consultations.

Further details on the sites can be found in Section H of the Document Library, in particular the consultation document H1.2. Documents relating to Site Assessment, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessments can also be found under the relevant parts of Section H.   A Frequently Asked Questions document is also available to view.

If you wish to comment on these sites, please complete a response form which can be found in the Downloadable documents section of the website.

Representations must be received by midday on 3 July 2023.

9 March 2023

The GNLP Gypsy and Traveller Sites Focused Consultation period has been extended to 17.00 on Monday 20 March 2023.

8 March 2023

Hearing statements regarding Matter 4 and Matter 15 have been added to Section G of the Document Library.

A populated programme (G1.2) for Greater Norwich Local Plan Examination – Part 4 hearing (22 and 23 March 2023) has been added to Section G of the Document Library.

As a result of industrial action by members of Prospect union on Tuesday 21 March, the hearing sessions will be moved back one day. The session which would have been held on Tuesday 21 March will now be held on Wednesday 22 March, and the hearing session which would have been held on Wednesday 22 March will now be held on Thursday 23 March. If the changes to these dates cause particular difficulties for any participants, then please contact the Programme Officer as soon as possible.

2 March 2023

Response to Point 1 of G2.2 (G2.2A) to provide clarification to point 1 of the note relating to document G2.2 has been added to Section G of the Document Library. This clarifies the housing numbers and those impacted by Nutrient Neutrality in the Greater Norwich area. 

28 February 2023

A link to documents pertaining to Article 4 direction relating to the conversion of offices to residential (F1.5) has been added to Section F of the Document Library.

8 February 2023

Inspectors' Matters Issues and Questions for the March 2023 hearing sessions have been added to Section G1 of the Document Library. The hearing sessions will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams to start at 9.30am prompt on Tuesday 21 March and Wednesday 22 March.  Those not speaking will be able to observe via YouTube.

Documents relating to Nutrient Neutrality have been added to Section G2 of the Document Library.

30 January 2023

The GNLP Gypsy and Traveller Sites Focused Consultation runs from 09.00 Monday 30 January 2023 until 17.00 Monday 13 March 2023.  The consultation comprises a Sites Policies document and supporting evidence, which can be viewed on the GNLP Gypsy and Traveller Sites Focused Consultation page.  

The SA/SEA Assessment of the GNLP – Addendum to the Regulation 19 Report (F1.4) has been added to Section F of the Document Library.

During the Part 1 examination hearings the Inspectors requested a schedule in response to issues raised in the Matter 1, Issue 2 session.  This document, which summarises the site-specific issues raised in writing or in person at the hearings, provides a brief response to the points explaining how the SA has dealt with the issues and indicates any necessary adjustments to the SA that might be warranted

This document is particularly subject to consultation with those who submitted a representation at Regulation 19 stage, however, we are happy to accept comments from anyone who wishes to do so.  The focused consultation is open from 09.00 on Monday 30 January to 17.00 on Monday 13 March 2023.  Comments should be submitted in writing by email to: gnlp@norfolk.gov.uk or by post to: Greater Norwich Local Plan, Room 428, City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich NR2 1NH.

25 January 2023

The South Norfolk Village Clusters Housing Allocations Plan (VCHAP) has been published by South Norfolk Council. Representations are invited on the legal compliance and soundness of the Plan between 9am on Monday 23 January and 5pm on Monday 6 March 2023. More information about the consultation can be found at www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk/vchap

4 January 2023

An update from the Partnership in response to the Inspectors’ letter of 11 November concerning Gypsy and Traveller site allocations (D5.4I) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

20 December 2022

Focused consultation on the allocation of Gypsy and Traveller sites

In resolving to submit the GNLP for independent examination the GNDP partner councils agreed to “proactively identify and bring forward sufficient Gypsy and Traveller sites to meet identified needs in accordance with the criteria-based policies of the current and emerging Development Plans”.

During the GNLP hearing sessions in February/March 2022 it was made clear that Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs must be addressed through site allocations in the plan.  This is in accordance with the expectations set out in paragraph 68 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and allied guidance specifically for Gypsies and Travellers in Planning Policy for Travellers Sites (PPTS) (2015).

A focused public consultation on the allocation of Gypsy and Traveller sites in the Greater Norwich Local Plan is scheduled to take place from 30 January to 13 March 2023.  This is subject to agreement by the partner councils at their cabinets in early January. 

Further information will be published in due course.

24 November 2022

The Partnership’s response to the Inspectors’ letter of 11 November concerning Gypsy and Traveller site allocations (D5.4H) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

15 November 2022

The Inspectors' response to Partnership letter of 17 October concerning Gypsy & Traveller site allocations (D5.4G) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

7 November 2022

Joint Delivery Statements that support the GNLP housing trajectory Topic Papers (D3.2D and D3.2E) have been added to Section D of the Document Library.

27 October 2022

Topic Paper - Policy 1 Growth Strategy – Update to Housing Trajectory Tables and Graphs in Appendix 4 (D3.2D), September 2022, Topic Paper - Housing Forecasts, September 2022 (Part 1) and Topic Paper - Housing Forecasts, September 2022 (Part 2) (D3.2E) have been added to Section D of the Document Library.

18 October 2022

The Partnership's response to the Inspectors' letter of 12 October concerning Gypsy and Traveller site allocations (D5.4F) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

14 October 2022

The Inspectors' response to the Partnership's letter of 2 September concerning Gypsy and Traveller site allocations (D5.4E) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

7 September 2022

The Partnership's response to the Inspectors' letter concerning Gypsy and Traveller site allocations (D5.4D) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

15 August 2022

The Inspectors' response to the Partnership's letter on the policy approach to Gypsy and Traveller accommodation (D5.4C) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

26 July 2022

The Partnership’s letter to the Inspectors on the policy approach to Gypsy and Traveller accommodation (D5.4B) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

5 July 2022

List of speakers for Matter 8 additional hearing on 6 July (D5.14) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) in relation to Carrow Works and Late submission on the Utilities Site (E8.20 and E8.21) have been added to Section E of the Document Library.

27 June 2022

Responses to the Inspectors' Matters, Issues and Questions (July 2022 sessions), including the Greater Norwich Development Partnership's response, have been added to Section E of the Document Library.

21 June 2022

The Greater Norwich Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment Draft Report has been added to the Evidence Library.

9 June 2022

A note on Site GNLP0382 South Walsham (F2.5) has been added to Section F of the Document Library.

8 June 2022

Section F of the Document Library has been renamed 'Post February/March hearings documents'.

A note from the Inspectors in relation to the July 2022 hearings (F3.2) has been added to Section F of the Document Library.

Clean and tracked change versions of Revised Policy 7.1 (East Norwich section) for discussion at the forthcoming hearings have been added to Section F of the Document Library

The Inspectors' Matters, Issues and Questions (July 2022 Sessions) have been added to Section D of the Document Library. The deadline for submitting statements is 12:00 on Friday 24 June. Parties can continue to rely on their previous Matter 8 or Reg 19 Statement(s) if they wish.

A Supplementary Statement of Common Ground for East Norwich with Homes England has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

Evidence documents including an East Norwich Delivery Justification statement, an East Norwich Viability Report, and the East Norwich Stage 2 Masterplan Cabinet Report with Appendices have been added to the Evidence Library.

31 May 2022

The postal address for the Programme Officer and GNLP team has been updated.

25 May 2022

A note from the Inspectors on the Admin and Examination Process (F3.1) has been added to Section F of the Document Library

18 May 2022

A note on Site GNLP0608R in Great Witchingham (F2.2) has been added to Section F of the Document Library

16 May 2022

Section F Post-Hearing documents has been added to the Document Library.  The following documents have been added: City Centre Housing Delivery Note (F1.1), GNLP Employment Forecast Briefing Note (F1.2), Self/Custom Build Note (F1.3) and a note on Site GNLP0264 in Horsford (F2.1)

3 May 2022

The Partnership response to the Inspectors' note regarding the Written Ministerial Statement on Nutrient Levels in River Basin Catchments (D5.12) has been added to Section D of the Document Library

25 April 2022

A recording of the Administration session held on 18 March following Part Two hearings is now available to view on Norfolk County Council CES - YouTube.

20 April 2022

A note from the Inspectors following the GNLP Hearings Part Two Administration Session - Written Ministerial Statement on Nutrient Levels in River Basin Catchments (D5.11) has been added to Section D of the Document Library

10 March 2022

An updated Site Allocation Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) for GNLP1061R (D2.16) plus associated appendices has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

8 March 2022

Note from Mike Worden and Thomas Hatfield, Inspectors, regarding Matter 15: 

“As previously indicated in our note of 18 February, we intend to hold a further hearing session on Matter 15 at some point following the completion of the scheduled hearing session programme this week. This is principally because we have asked for additional information relating to the East Norwich Strategic Regeneration Area site. We are awaiting this information.

As a result, we shall defer discussion relating to Questions 2 and 4 of Matter 15, which deal with the overall and five year land supply positions. These will be discussed at the later hearing session on Matter 15”.

The following documents have been added to the website:

B10.4A           GNLP0253 Colney Hall – Heritage Addendum              8 March 2022            GNLP

E12.1A           Draft Cringleford 0307 0327 policy amends                    8 March 2022            GNLP

7 March 2022

Documents E11.4D (Matter 11) and E12.5A (Matter 12) have been added to the website.

28 February 2022

The populated programme for weeks 3 and 4 (D5.9) has been updated in Section D of the Document Library.

A Site Allocation Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) for GNLP0264 (D2.128) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

The Secretary of State Decision for Anglia Square (B29.1) has been added to Section B of the Document Library.

25 February 2022

A Hearing Statement regarding Matter 14, Issue 3, from the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association/ Mike Haslam (E14.5) has been added to Section E of the Document Library.

A Site Allocation Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) for GNLP0581/2043 (D2.62) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

A Site Allocation Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) for GNLP0132 (D2.73) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

A link to the Norwich City Council Article 4 Direction relating to the conversion of offices to residential (B28.1) has been added to Section B of the Document Library.

24 February 2022

The populated programme for weeks 3 and 4 (D5.9) has been updated in Section D of the Document Library.

21 February 2022

A populated programme for weeks 3 and 4 (D5.9) and a note from the Inspectors' following Part 1 of the Hearing Sessions (D5.10) have been added to Section D of the Document Library.

15 February 2022

Responses to the Inspectors' Matters, Issues and Questions (Part 2), including the Greater Norwich Development Partnership's response, have been added to Section E of the Document Library.

8 February 2022

The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (February 2022) (B8.3) has been withdrawn

A link to the adopted Transport for Norwich Strategy (B24.2) has been added to Section B of the Document Library.

A Statement of Common Ground in relation to the East Norwich Strategic Regeneration Area between Homes England and the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (D4.9) has been added to Section D4 of the Document Library.

7 February 2022

The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (February 2022) (B8.3) is a full update on an original 2017 study also prepared by RRR Consultancy.  The document has been added to Section B of the Document Library.

4 February 2022

Hellesdon Parish Council has submitted a Sport and Open Space Needs Assessment in relation to their request to carry forward site HEL4 for recreational open space (Document D2.70.1 in the Document Library).

Statement of Common Ground in relation to the East Norwich Strategic Regeneration Area between the New Anglia LEP and the Greater Norwich Development Partnership has been added to the website (Document D4.8 in the Document Library).

1 February 2022

Please note that the following documents have been withdrawn: 
E1.8   Halsbury (Issue 1) – withdrawn
E1.9   Halsbury (Issue 2) – withdrawn
E2.18 Halsbury (Issue 1) – withdrawn
E3.15 Halsbury (Issue 2) – withdrawn
E3.16 Halsbury (Issue 4) – withdrawn
E3.17 Halsbury (Issue 5) – withdrawn
E3.18 Halsbury (Issue 6) – withdrawn
E4.8   Halsbury (Issue 1) – withdrawn
E5.4   Halsbury (Issue 1) – withdrawn
E6.7   Halsbury (Issue 5) – withdrawn

1 February 2022

Populated Programme 30 January (Document D5.8) has been added to the Document Library.

Inspectors’ response letter regarding sites for Gypsies and Travellers (D5.4A) has been added to the website.

28 January 2022

Supplementary viability evidence on Self/Custom-Build Housing (B26.7) and Older Person's Housing (B26.6), in answer to questions asked under Matter 6 of the Inspectors' Matters Issues and Questions. Please refer to the Partnership's response E6.1.

26 January 2022

A Site Allocation Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) for HEL4/GNLP1019 (D2.70) has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

24 January 2022

The Virtual Guidance Note (D5.7) relating to meeting hearing procedures has been added to the website in Section D of the Document Library along with the Populated Programme (D5.8) for Part 1 with indicative times.

20 January 2022

The Inspectors have now set the Matters, Issues and Questions (D5.5) and the Draft Programme (D5.6) for part two of the examination which have been added to the website in Section D - Inspectors' Matters Issues and Questions. Please refer to the published guidance note (D5.2 in Section D of the Document Library) for information on producing further statements.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty over the Covid virus the Inspectors continue to plan to hold hearings by virtual teams meetings. Those not speaking will be able to observe via YouTube. If this changes the Programme Officer will inform all parties.

Please note the following key dates:-

  • Friday 11 February MIDDAY part 2 - submit an optional further statement in response to each Inspectors' Matter.
  • Tuesday 1 February 9:30am part 1 - hearings commence.
  • Tuesday 1 March 9:30am part 2 - hearings commence.

19 January 2022

An update to Appendix D of Topic Paper Policy 5 (Homes) (D3.7A) provide affordable housing completions and forecasts for Norwich City as at August 2021 has been added to Section D of the Document Library.

17 January 2022

The Greater Norwich Development Partnership's responses to the Inspectors' Matters, Issues and Questions (Part 1) have been added to Section E of the Document Library.

Note that in relation to Matter 6, the responses state that:

  • additional evidence on Issue 1, question 8 (see paragraph 23 of the response) in relation to viability testing of specialist older people's accommodation will be available by the end of January.
  • additional evidence on Issue 3, question 1 (see paragraph 42 of the response), which will provide an update to the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment, will be added to the website as soon as it is available.

The following documents have also been added to the Document Library:

B3.12, Norwich City Council Shopping Floorspace Monitor - July 2021

B3.13, The Norwich City Centre Future Strategy - November 2020

B22.4, Norfolk Study of Specialist Housing for Older People - November 2021

B25.2, UEA Development Framework Strategy - November 2010

C1.11, Norwich City Council Affordable Housing SPD - July 2019

C1.12, Purpose Built Student Accommodation Advice Note - November 2019

D1.4M-A, East Norwich Partnership Revised Terms of Reference - February 2021

6 January 2022

Inspectors' Matters Issues and Questions (Part 1) - GNLP letter on Matter 6 (Homes) Issue 3: Gypsies and Travellers, Travelling Show People and Residential Caravans has been added to Section D5 of the Document Library.

4 January 2022

Topic Paper - Climate Change has been added to Section D3 of the Document Library.

23 December 2021

Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) with Natural England (Part 1 - Strategic Policies) has been added to Section D4 of the Document Library.

15 December 2021

The Inspectors have now set the Matters, Issues and Questions (D5.1), Guidance Note (D5.2) and Draft Programme (D5.3) for the first two weeks of the examination which will start on 1 February 2022. These can be found in Section D5 of the Document Library. Due to current concerns over the Covid virus the Inspectors will hold the first two weeks of the hearings by virtual Teams meetings (further details will be provided in due course). Those not speaking will be able to observe via YouTube. The details of the second two weeks of Inspectors' questions and programme will follow.

The Notice of Commencement of Hearings (D6.1) is also available under Section D6 of the Document Library.

9 December 2021

The Inspectors' Initial Question 7 asked for an addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal to be produced, relating to the housing growth numbers, and addressing "both smaller and minimal supply buffers as 'reasonable alternatives'. This addendum has now been produced and has been added to Section D1 of the Document Library (Document D1.6).

8 December 2021

A sites table (D1.5) showing the status of proposed allocations has been added to Section D1 of the Document Library at the request of the Inspectors.

24 November 2021

An updated Partnership Response to the Inspectors Initial Questions and associated documents have been added to section D1 of the Document Library.  The response has been amended to ensure that all documents mentioned have reference numbers and are included in the Document Library as requested by the Inspectors.  The response also includes an update to Questions 21 and 22 - the East Norwich Strategic Regeneration Area.

Updated appendices to Topic Paper 1 - The Growth Strategy (Documents D3.2B and D3.2C) have also been added to section D3 of the Document Library in relation to the updated response to Question 13.

17 November 2021

Statements of Common Ground (SoCG) on representations to the GNLP have been added to section D4 of the Document Library.

Site Allocation Statements of Common Ground/Delivery Statements have been added to section D2 of the Document Library.

8 November 2021

The Partnership response to the Inspectors' Initial Questions has been added to section D1 of the Document Library

29 October 2021

The final Duty to Cooperate Statement (Document A9.1) has been added to Section A of the Document Library

27 October 2021

Timescale for Responding to the Examination Initial Questions document has been added to section D1 of the Document Library.

21 October 2021

The councils have now received the Inspectors’ Initial Questions.  The councils’ response to these questions will be published in due course.

The councils have also added a number of Topic Papers to the Document Library.