A public consultation on the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) started today (8 January) and will run until 15 March. A roadshow is planned for Reepham on 5 March at the Town Hall.
The GNLP is being produced by Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council, working together with Norfolk County Council through the Greater Norwich Development Partnership.
The new plan will set out a vision and strategy for growth and include policies that will be used to determine planning applications in the Greater Norwich area to 2036.
The GNLP will identify sites for new homes, jobs and infrastructure, and sets out what is going to be developed, where it will happen and how it will be achieved.
The Growth Options document sets out:
• the broad housing numbers required to 2036;
• six main distribution options; and
• a significant number of questions on various policy areas such as air quality, landscape and affordable housing.
This is an early consultation stage – no final decisions have been made on any policy choice. You can view the document online, and make your comments at the same time. You do not need to answer every question – you can simply comment on whichever parts of the plan interest you.
The Site Proposals document is also published for consultation. It lists sites submitted for consideration for various uses through the plan, along with a settlement summary for those parishes where sites have been submitted. Again, no final decisions have been made on any site, and you can view the Site Proposals document and interactive maps online, making your comments at the same time. You can comment on whichever sites interest you.
The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment in the evidence base has more detail on the sites submitted for potential inclusion in the GNLP.
Other evidence studies, along with the Interim Sustainability Appraisal are also available online for comment.
Some 25 roadshows at various locations in the Greater Norwich area are planned to take place during the consultation period. The venues and dates are published online and include an event on Monday 5 March in Reepham Town Hall, Church Street, Reepham, from 11 am – 5 pm. (For Reepham district residents that can't make this event, there is also a roadshow in Aylsham Town Hall from 2–8 pm on Thursday 25 January.)
Officers will be available at the roadshows to discuss policy options or sites in general terms, but it is stressed that this is an early stage consultation exercise, and no decisions will be made until later in the plan-making process.
Parish councils have been invited to separate workshops.