Statement of Representations Procedure
Statement of Representations Procedure and Availability of Documents
Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 – Regulation 19 Publication Greater Norwich Local Plan
Title of document
Regulation 19 Publication Greater Norwich Local Plan.
Subject matter and area covered
This is the Publication draft version of the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP), also called the Regulation 19 Pre-submission Draft Plan. Representations at this stage should only be made on the legal compliance and soundness of the GNLP, that is: has the plan been prepared in accordance with all legal and procedural requirements; and does the plan meet the prescribed tests of soundness (see below).
The GNLP is prepared on behalf of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership of Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council. It is the councils’ chosen plan. There are two parts to the Publication draft of the GNLP:
- The first is the Publication draft GNLP Strategy. It contains the planning strategy for growth in Greater Norwich from 2018 to 2038.
- The second is the Publication draft GNLP Sites document. It has planning allocation policies for the sites to deliver the strategy.
The plan documents are supported by a Sustainability Appraisal which evaluates the draft plan and other evidence which is also available for comment on soundness and legal compliance. It does not include smaller villages in South Norfolk which will be addressed through a South Norfolk Villages Clusters Housing Allocations Local Plan.
The period for submission of representations has been extended to seven weeks between 09.00 on Monday 1 February and 17.00 on Monday 22 March 2021. Representations must be received by the Greater Norwich Local Plan Team within this period. No representations will be accepted outside of this period.
How to view the documents
During the representations period, copies of the Greater Norwich Local Plan and other proposed submission evidence base documents will be available to view on the GNLP website at www.gnlp.org.uk.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the complete plan and supporting documentation will only be published online in accordance with the latest Government guidance. However, we will endeavour to make limited relevant hard copy material available where possible. Requests should be made by phoning 01603 306603 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two ways to make comments on this plan: by submitting them online or in writing. Ideally, please submit comments online at www.gnlp.org.uk. However, written responses can also be made on a response form, which can be downloaded from www.gnlp.org.uk, or requested by phoning 01603 306603 or emailing email@example.com.
Written representation forms should be sent to:
Greater Norwich Local Plan Team
Norwich NR1 2DH
Or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All comments will be submitted to the Secretary of State with the Plan, together with a summary of the main issues raised during the representations period. They will be considered as part of a public examination by an independent planning inspector. Representations at Regulation 19 must be made available in line with the regulations. This includes publication on the GNLP’s website, and we must make the names of anyone who comments at this stage available to the Planning Inspector. However, the address or other contact details of those who have made representations will not be published but will be used by the programme officer to contact participants and administer the examination.
Respondents should endeavour to provide all the necessary evidence and supporting information to support their representations and suggested modifications. You should not assume that you will have a further opportunity to make submissions. Where groups or individuals share a common view on the plan, it is helpful if they make a single representation which represents their views rather than a large number of separate representations repeating the same points. In such cases the group should indicate how many people it is representing and how the representation has been authorised.
Please consider carefully how you would like your representation to be dealt with in the examination: whether you are content to rely on your written representation, or whether you wish to take part in hearing session(s). Only representors who are seeking a change to the plan have a right to be heard at the hearing session(s), if they so request. In considering this, please note that written and oral representations carry the same weight and will be given equal consideration in the examination process.
Further guidance and advice on the examination process is available on the Government’s website at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-plans.
Legal compliance and duty to co-operate
The following should be considered before making a representation on legal compliance:
- The plan should be included in the Local Planning Authorities [LPA’s] current Local Development Scheme [LDS] and the key stages set out in the LDS should have been followed. The LDS is effectively a programme of work prepared by the LPA, setting out the plans it proposes to produce. It will set out the key stages in the production of any plans which the LPA proposes to bring forward for examination. If the plan is not in the current LDS it should not have been published for representations. The LDS should be on the LPA’s website and available at its main offices.
- The process of community involvement for the plan should be in general accordance with the LPA’s Statement of Community Involvement [SCI] (where one exists). The SCI sets out the LPA’s strategy for involving the community in the preparation and revision of plans and the consideration of planning applications.
- The LPA is required to provide a Sustainability Appraisal [SA] report when it publishes a plan. This should identify the process by which SA has been carried out, and the baseline information used to inform the process and the outcomes of that process. SA is a tool for assessing the extent to which the plan, when judged against reasonable alternatives, will help to achieve relevant environmental, economic and social objectives.
- The plan should comply with all other relevant requirements of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, as amended [PCPA] and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended [the Regulations].
The following should be considered before making a representation on compliance with the duty to co-operate:
- Section 33A of the PCPA requires the LPA to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis with neighbouring authorities and certain other bodies over strategic matters during the preparation of the plan. The LPA will be expected to provide evidence of how they have compiled with the duty.
- Non-compliance with the duty to co-operate cannot be rectified after the submission of the plan. Therefore, the Inspector has no power to recommend modifications in this regard. Where the duty has not been compiled with, the Inspector cannot recommend adoption of the plan.
The tests of soundness are set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
Plans are sound if they are:
- Positively prepared – providing a strategy which, as a minimum seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs, and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring authorities is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;
- Justified – an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;
- Effective – deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground; and
- Consistent with national policy – enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the NPPF.
If you think the content of the plan is not sound because it does not include a policy on a particular issue, you should go through the following steps before making representations:
- Is the issue with which you are concerned already covered specifically by national planning policy?
- Is the issue with which you are concerned already covered by another policy in this plan?
- If the policy is not covered elsewhere, in what way is the plan unsound without the policy?
- If the plan is unsound without the policy, what should the policy say?
Requests to be notified of the progress of the GNLP
Representations may be accompanied by a request to be notified of the progress of the GNLP, e.g., when the Plan is submitted for independent examination, when the independent examination report is published and when the plan is adopted.