Greater Norwich Local Plan

The Greater Norwich Development Partnership Board GNLP Timetable

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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. 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.

The public consultation for the Regulation 18 Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) is now closed. You can still view the draft GNLP policies and interactive map at


Timetable for Preparation of the Greater Norwich Local Plan 

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:

Broadland Local Development Scheme

Norwich Local Development Scheme

South Norfolk Local Development Scheme

The key stages of the Greater Norwich Local Plan timetable are set out below:

Call for Sites

May-July 2016

Regulation 18 Growth Options and Site Proposals Consultation

January-March 2018

Regulation 18 Consultation on New, Revised and Small Sites

October-December 2018

Regulation 18 Draft Plan Consultation

29 January - 16 March 2020

Regulation 19 Publication

January - February 2021

Submission of the GNLP to the Secretary of State for the Environment

June 2021

Public Examination

November/December 2021


August/September 2022

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

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.

We are unable to accept any new sites, revisions to existing sites or settlement boundary extension proposals after 30th April 2020. Any sites received after 30 April 2020 will not be included in the site assessment process or the submission version of the plan.  Therefore, any late sites would need to be submitted to the Inspector and site promoters will be expected to provide sufficient information to allow the Inspector to compare the site to those included in the plan.

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