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. The GNLP will ensure that these needs continue to be met to 2038.
The GNLP will include strategic planning policies and will also allocate individual sites for development. It will aim to ensure that new homes and jobs are delivered and the environment is protected and enhanced, promoting sustainability and the effective functioning of the area.
We are about to start a public consultation for the Regulation 18 Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP). Between 29th January and 16th March, you can view the draft GNLP policies, view an interactive map of sites and make your comments online at www.gnlp.org.uk. You can also come to one of our roadshow events and speak to the GNLP team at the following locations and times:
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 Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessments prepared to accompany the consultation on the Regulation 18 Draft Plan Consultation can be found below.
A revised timetable for the Greater Norwich Local Plan was agreed by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership Board in June 2018. The revised GNLP timetable is incorporated into the published Local Development Schemes of the three district councils making up the partnership, available by clicking on the following links:
The key stages of the Greater Norwich Local Plan timetable are set out below:
Call for Sites
Regulation 18 Growth Options and Site Proposals Consultation
Regulation 18 Consultation on New, Revised and Small Sites
Regulation 18 Draft Plan Consultation
29 January - 16 March 2020
Regulation 19 Publication
To be confirmed by GNDP Board
Submission of the GNLP to the Secretary of State for the Environment
To be confirmed by GNDP Board
To be confirmed by GNDP Board
To be confirmed by GNDP Board
Where are we now?
In 2016 we invited developers, landowners and other interested parties to suggest potential development land they wished to see considered for possible inclusion in the Greater Norwich Local Plan (known as the “Call for Sites”). More information can be found here
The Call for Sites formal consultation period closed in July 2016, but sites may be put forward for the plan at any point before the final document is submitted for examination. The initial stages of preparing the GNLP have involved assessing the broad suitability of many hundreds of possible development sites submitted up to July 2017, as well as working up strategic development options for where growth in Greater Norwich might best be located, and developing policy options for how different issues might be dealt with in the local plan. We have commissioned a series of evidence studies to inform this process. More information on the evidence base can be found here.
We are keen for as many people as possible to have their say and get involved in the process of preparing the GNLP. There are opportunities for formal comment at key stages in the plan-making process, as set out in national planning regulations. The stages leading up to the production of the draft local plan are referred to as “Regulation 18”, the publication of the final preferred plan “Regulation 19”.
Our second Regulation 18 consultation was held from 29th October to 14th December 2018. This was a focused consultation inviting comment on around 200 new and revised sites put forward by landowners and site promoters during and after the first consultation in January 2018 (see below). We also invited comment on a small number of other suggested sites which are too small to show in the plan individually but may have some development potential. In some cases it may be possible to allow for the development of these sites by including the land within amended settlement boundaries.
For more information about the most recent Regulation 18 consultation click here or click on the banner at the top of this page. This consultation is now closed.
The first Regulation 18 consultation ran from 8th January to 22nd March 2018. It invited comments on some 540 potential development sites submitted through the Call for Sites (in the Settlement Summaries and Site Proposals Document), alongside strategic growth options and policy alternatives (in the Growth Options document). We are still in the process of assessing, summarising and responding to the many thousands of individual comments to both documents received at that stage. A high level report on the results of that consultation can be found here and a more detailed report setting out responses to the Growth Options document can be found here:
Important: The sites we consulted on in January, and the additional sites we consulted on in October, are not development proposals by the Councils, and they are not planning applications. They are merely possible options for development put forward by site promoters, landowners and others. We must consider all these suggested sites objectively as part of the plan-making process, but together they provide far more development land than we need for this local plan. This is why we are asking for your feedback to help us decide on the most appropriate growth strategy, and the most suitable sites to shortlist and take forward for allocation in the plan to achieve that strategy. The sites will not have any formal planning status unless and until they are included as preferred sites in the Regulation 18 draft local plan (to be published in 2019), or if they receive planning permission through a separate planning application in the meantime.
The Greater Norwich Local Plan team can be contacted via email at email@example.com or tel 01603 306603.
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:
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 to the Greater Norwich Planning Policy Team Manager three working days before a Board meeting. The time allowed for questions and responses will be limited to 15 minutes in total. There is no guarantee that all questions can 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Draft Plan (Regulation 18) Greater Norwich Local Plan Strategy Document
Draft Plan (Regulation 18) Greater Norwich Local Plan Sites Document
The GNLP consultation documents do not contain any sites in smaller South Norfolk villages as South Norfolk Council intend to prepare a separate village clusters housing allocation plan covering new and carried forward sites for housing in their village clusters. There should be a separate consultation document in the near future about sites in these settlements. To find out more about the progress of this document, please contact the South Norfolk planning team on 01508 533805 or email email@example.com
Summary of Preferred, Reasonable and Unreasonable sites
Norwich - Preferred Sites
Norwich - Reasonable Alternative Sites
Norwich - Unreasonable Sites
Urban Fringe - Preferred Sites
Urban Fringe - Reasonable Alternative Sites
Urban Fringe - Unreasonable Sites
Towns - Preferred Sites
Towns - Reasonable Alternative Sites
Towns - Unreasonable Sites
Key Service Centres - Preferred Sites
Key Service Centres - Reasonable Alternative Sites
Key Service Centres - Unreasonable Sites
Broadland Village Clusters - Preferred Sites
Broadland Village Clusters - Reasonable Alternative Sites
Broadland Village Clusters - Unreasonable Sites
Non-Residential (Broadland and South Norfolk) - Preferred Sites
Non-Residential (Broadland and South Norfolk) - Reasonable Alternative Sites
Non-Residential (Broadland and South Norfolk) - Unreasonable Sites
NORWICH and URBAN FRINGE SETTLEMENT CHAPTERS
Cringleford (including employment at Keswick Land)
Easton and Honingham
Taverham and Ringland
Trowse (including non-residential at Bixley and Whitlingham)
Thorpe St Andrew
TOWNS SETTLEMENT CHAPTERS
Aylsham with Blickling, Burgh & Tuttington, Oulton
Diss (including part of Roydon)
Redenhall with Harleston (including part of Needham)
Hethel Strategic Employment Area
Long Stratton (including part of Tharston)
KEY SERVICE CENTRES SETTLEMENT CHAPTERS
Brundall and Postwick-with-Witton
Loddon and Chedgrave
Poringland, Framingham Earl and Framingham Pigot (including parts of Bixley, Caistor St Edmund and Stoke Holy Cross)
VILLAGE CLUSTERS: BROADLAND SETTLEMENT CHAPTERS
Buxton with Lamas and Brampton
Cawston, Brandiston and Swannington
Coltishall, Horstead with Stanninghall and Belaugh
Foulsham and Themelthorpe
Freethorpe, Halvergate and Wickhampton
Great and Little Plumstead
Great Witchingham (Lenwade), Weston Longville, Alderford, Attlebridge, Little Witchingham and Morton-on-the-Hill
Hainford and Stratton Strawless
Horsford, Felthorpe and Haveringland
Horsham and Newton St Faiths
Lingwood and Burlingham, Strumpshaw and Beighton
Salhouse, Woodbastwick and Ranworth
South Walsham and Upton with Fishley
Spixworth and Crostwick
SOUTH NORFOLK VILLAGES - NON-RESIDENTIAL SITES SETTLEMENT CHAPTER
September 2018 papers:
Appendix 1 to the minutes of the GNDP meeting of June 19th
Appendix 1 to the draft Statement of Consultation Report and associated documents are available below.
The minutes of the September 2018 meeting are below.
June 2018 papers:
The most recent meeting of the GNDP Board was on Tuesday 19th June 2018. Please see the papers of the meeting below.
November 2017 papers:
Papers for this meeting are available below:
June 2017 papers:
March 2017 papers:
January 2017 papers:
November 2016 papers:
September 2016 papers: