Greater Norwich Local Plan

Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council, working with Norfolk County Council, have agreed to work together 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 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 will take place on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 3.30pm, in the Council Chamber at Broadland District Council, Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich NR7 0DU. The papers for the meeting are available to view below:

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

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.

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

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

October-December 2017

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

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