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Greater Norwich Local Plan reaches Reg.19 stage

The three Greater Norwich councils (Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk), working with Norfolk County Council, are working together to prepare the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP).

The plan sets out a vision for growth, jobs, infrastructure and identifying sites for new homes while also protecting and enhancing the environment. The plan also provides the basis for future planning decisions. The GNLP is in two parts - the Strategy and the Sites Plan.

The Strategy outlines the broad approach to jobs and new homes growth up to the year 2038, along with policies that ensure sustainability, protect and enhance our environment and provide much needed infrastructure alongside growth.

The Sites Plan identifies the sites which we propose to allocate to meet the housing and employment needs of Greater Norwich. The Sites Plan also includes previous allocations that will be carried forward from the current Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk local plans. Sites that have already been allocated make up 75% of the total housing requirement.

The Sites Plan excludes villages within South Norfolk as these will be addressed through a separate housing sites allocation document which is likely to come forward for consultation later this year.
Following previous consultations, the GNLP has now reached the Regulation 19 stage. This is when we publish a draft version of the plan to give people and organisations the opportunity to make representations on the soundness of the plan and whether it complies with planning legislation. The draft plan is available for comment from 1st February until 15th March.

The representations made will then be considered by a government appointed Inspector at the examination of the plan. The examination is planned for later this year.

Councillor Shaun Vincent, Chair of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership commented “Greater Norwich is a great place to live, work and invest. We need to make sure that future growth brings benefits for all, while protecting our environment and providing for a sustainable future.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped us move the Local Plan forward during our previous consultations, enabling us to get to this point. It is now time to test the soundness of our plan, before we submit it to the planning inspectorate for their final consideration.”

To find out more about the Greater Norwich Local Plan and how you can have your say, visit the website: www.GNLP.org.uk