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

The Greater Norwich Local Plan will build on the long-established joint working arrangements for Greater Norwich, which have delivered the current Joint Core Strategy (JCS) for the area. The JCS plans for the housing and jobs needs of the area to 2026 and the GNLP will ensure that these needs continue to be met to 2036.

Like the Joint Core Strategy, the GNLP will include strategic planning policies to guide future development, and plans to protect the environment. It will look to ensure that delivery of development is done in a way which promotes sustainability and the effective functioning of the whole area.

The GNLP Regulation 18 Consultation was launched on the 8th January 2018, and runs until the 15th March. More information can be found on the dedicated website: or by clicking on the image above.

A number of public consultation events will be taking place throughout the period, a full list of dates and venues can be found below:

GNLP Consultation Events   Size: 946 KB – Date: 09/01/2018  


The Greater Norwich Development Partnership

To oversee the preparation of the new Local Plan the authorities involved have re-established their joint working arrangements under the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP).

The Terms of Reference for the Partnership can be found below:

Greater Norwich Development Partnership - Terms of Reference (Jan 2017)   Size: 115 KB – Date: 22/03/2017  

The next meeting of the GNDP Board has not yet been confirmed. Further information will be posted here as soon as it is available.

November 2017 papers:

Papers for this meeting are available below:

Greater Norwich Development Partnership Board Papers 20 November 2017   Size: 3.7 MB – Date: 13/11/2017

GNDP Board 20 November 2017 Minutes   Size: 196 KB – Date: 22/12/2017

City Council Supplementary note to GNDP Meeting - 20 November 2017   Size: 109 KB – Date: 22/12/2017

Questions from the Public

The public may submit questions to the GNDP Board in respect of the development of the Greater Norwich Local Plan.  Questions are required to be submitted three working days before the meeting to the Greater Norwich Planning Policy Team Manager. The time allowed for questions and responses will be limited to 15 minutes in total. There is no guarantee that all questions will be able to be answered in the given time and it will be up to the discretion of the Chair on the day as to whether the time available for questions should be extended.  Questions and the responses will be minuted.

Please submit any questions to 

Regulation 18 Consultation Document Draft - November 2017

Please find below draft of the Reg. 18 consultation document that has been made available early to aid consideration by the County Council's EDT committee at its meeting on 10 November 2017.  

Greater Norwich Local Plan Regulation 18 Consultation Document DRAFT for Norfolk County Council EDT Committee 10 November 2017   Size: 4.6 MB – Date: 03/11/2017

This version has since been superceded by the final draft which is included in the 20 November GNDP Board papers published on this page. 


Papers from previous meetings of the GNDP Board are available below:

June 2017 papers:

Greater Norwich Development Partnership Board Papers 23 June 2017   Size: 5.7 MB – Date: 16/06/2017  

GNDP Board 23 June 2017 Minutes   Size: 46 KB – Date: 05/07/2017  

March 2017 papers: 

Greater Norwich Development Partnership Board Papers 23 March 2017   Size: 622 KB – Date: 15/03/2017  

GNDP Board 23 March 2017 Minutes   Size: 56 KB – Date: 09/05/2017  

January 2017 papers:

Greater Norwich Development Partnership Board Papers 30 January 2017   Size: 2.3 MB – Date: 20/01/2017  

GNDP Board 30 January 2017 Minutes   Size: 50 KB – Date: 03/03/2017

November 2016 papers:

Greater Norwich Development Partnership Board Papers 14 November 2016   Size: 1 MB – Date: 04/11/2016  

November 2016 GNDP meeting - Supplementary note   Size: 268 KB – Date: 14/11/2016  

GNDP Board 14 November 2016 Minutes   Size: 54 KB – Date: 20/01/2017  

The maps and schedules for the sites submitted through the Call For Sites are here. These form Appendix 2 and 3 of the report.

September 2016 papers:

Greater Norwich Development Partnership Board Papers 5 September 2016   Size: 2.1 MB – Date: 26/08/2016

GNDP Board Meeting 5 September 2016: Minutes   Size: 118 KB – Date: 03/11/2016


Timetable for Preparation of the Greater Norwich Local Plan

The Greater Norwich districts are required to prepare a Local Development Scheme, and these are published on the district websites. However, the key stages are shown in the table below:

Call for Sites

May-July 2016

Regulation 18 Consultation

Jan-March 2018

Regulation 19 Publication

June-July 2019


October 2019

Pre-examination Meeting

January 2020

Public Examination

June 2020


December 2020


The Local Development Schemes for each district are available below:



South Norfolk

Greater Norwich Call for Sites 

An important part of the process of preparing the GNLP is to identify sites which might have the potential for development to meet required needs. As the first stage in this process the Greater Norwich authorities issued a Call for Sites inviting landowners, developers and other interested parties to submit parcels of land for consideration.

The Call for Sites submission window closed on 8th July 2016. More information can be found here


Greater Norwich Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal 

As part of the preparation of the GNLP an appraisal of the social, environmental and economic impact of the plan must be carried out. This appraisal is known as a Sustainability Appraisal (SA). The SA will also meet the requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the GNLP. In order to identify the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the SA a scoping report has been produced for the GNLP. 

More information on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report is available here


Strategic Housing Market Area Assessment

Assessment of the Greater Norwich Housing market.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities have a clear understanding of housing needs in their area.  Planning authorities should:

prepare a Strategic Housing Market Assessment to assess their full housing needs, working with neighbouring authorities where housing market areas cross administrative boundaries.

The initial Housing Market Area (HMA) assessment results showed that, under the new guidance, the majority of Breckland and North Norfolk districts also fall within the Norwich HMA. Increased emphasis on the Duty to Co-operate by Planning Inspectors has required those preparing SHMAs to be more robust in their dealing with neighbouring authorities, and in discussion with Breckland and North Norfolk, it was agreed to widen the SHMA project to cover the whole of both their areas too. The project was renamed the Central Norfolk SHMA in recognition of the broader coverage.

The original Central Norfolk SHMA (January 2016) can be downloaded below for information, but the a substantially updated and revised SHMA was published in June 2017. The 2017 SHMA provides new Objectively Assessed Need housing figures and new estimates of affordable housing need across Central Norfolk:

The Central Norfolk SHMA can be found here:

Central Norfolk Strategic Housing Market Area Assessment (June 2017)   Size: 3 MB – Date: 24/07/2017

Central Norfolk Strategic Housing Market Area Assessment - Supplementary Note (June 2017)   Size: 1.4 MB – Date: 24/07/2017

The 2016 report can be found here:

Central Norfolk Strategic Housing Market Area Assessment - Part 1 (March 2016)   Size: 4.8 MB – Date: 31/01/2016

Central Norfolk Strategic Housing Market Area Assessment - Part 2 (March 2016)   Size: 2.8 MB – Date: 31/01/2016


The Greater Norwich Local Plan team can be contacted via email at or tel 01603 306603.