What exactly is GNLP and what is its purpose? The Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP), which is made up of Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council, is working together with Norfolk County Council to prepare the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP). The Broads Authority is also part of the GNDP but produces a separate local plan. The Greater Norwich Local Plan will set out a vision for the future growth of the area. It must tie in with Government policy, regional and local strategies for the economy, transport etc. It will include strategic planning policies to guide development, and identify sites for new homes, jobs and infrastructure. It will set out what is going to be developed, where it will happen and how it will be achieved. Once adopted, the local plan will be used when decisions on planning applications are made. Sites for around 35,700 homes are already identified in the existing local plans or have planning permission. This is 83% of the sites needed up to 2036 (in total for around 42,900 homes). Sites for the additional growth needed to 2036 (for 7,200 additional homes) will be identified in the Local Plan.
What are the implications for a rural community? It is proposed that the GNLP will provide for growth in appropriate locations, including villages, across the plan area. The latter is intended to be through “Village Clusters” based on primary school catchments. To reduce additional car journeys and encourage healthy and active lifestyles, and reduce the risks to soundness, it is proposed to limit new housing allocations to sites within the clusters with good access to a primary school and a “safe route to school”. The scale of growth in any cluster will reflect school capacity or ability to grow, plus the availability of other accessible services and subject to other considerations such as infrastructure, natural and heritage environments.
It has been agreed by Cabinets at the three districts, and supported by the County Council, that the GNLP will go forward for a six week Regulation 19 publication period, which will start at 09.00 on Monday 1 February 2021 and close at 17.00 on Monday 15 March 2021. No representations will be accepted outside of this period. You can find the proposed submission documents on our website at www.gnlp.org.uk from 9.00 on 1 February.
The publication period allows for any concerns to be formally raised as a ‘representation’ regarding the soundness or legal compliance of the GNLP. Representations must be received by GNLP by 17.00 on Monday 15 March 2021.
There are two ways to make comments on this plan: by submitting them online or in writing. Ideally, please submit comments online at www.gnlp.org.uk from 9.00 on 1 February. However, written responses can also be made on a response form, which can be downloaded from www.gnlp.org.uk, or requested by phoning 01603 306603 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written representation forms should be emailed to: email@example.com
Or via post to:
Greater Norwich Local Plan Team
Norwich NR1 2DH
All representations must be received by 17.00 on Monday 15 March 2021.
The GNLP comprises two key elements: the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) Strategy which is the planning strategy for growth in Greater Norwich from 2018 to 2038 together with supporting thematic policies; and a GNLP Sites document which contains the policies for sites we propose to allocate for development to help deliver the GNLP. There are also supporting and evidence base documents available for inspection, including: the Sustainability Appraisal, the Habitats Regulations Assessment, the Equalities Impact Assessment.
As you may be aware, a separate allocation plan is being developed by South Norfolk Council for the village cluster sites in South Norfolk which will come forward in due course.
Community update, pdf version available.
Pdf version can also be downloaded: NTRO4338 Order, NTRO4338 HM, NTRO4338 PT