Area planners at South Norfolk Council this week announced the next stage of a process which will set the blueprint for all development in the area up until 2026.
Three important planning documents - the Sites Specific Allocations Document, the Wymondham Area Action Plan and the Development Management Policies - will go before the council’s Cabinet on Monday to be ratified.
The Sites Specific Allocations Document sets out development boundaries across the district and has been through four rounds of public consultation since 2010 as local residents, town and parish councils and other interested parties have all had their say.
It identifies the location and boundaries for any new development, from housing and employment to leisure and amenity use. In Diss, the document confirms a minimum of 300 dwellings should be built over the next 15 years, and in Harleston 200 to 300 dwellings.
Figures have also been set in every village across south Norfolk, usually for 10 to 20 dwellings each, but the major bulk of housing development will take place in the north of the district with a specific development plan for the Wymondham area which identifies land for housing, employment, retail and open space. Long Stratton also has its own Area Action Plan which is still being worked on and will encompass infrastructure and facilities as well as housing - feedback from consultations is now being evaluated and there will be further public meetings early next year.
The Development Management Policies document will lay down guidelines for the type and quality of any new development to ensure it is sustainable.
Council spokesman Johnathan Pyle said after next Monday’s cabinet meeting there will be another six-week consultation when final comments can be made. The documents then go before the full council in February and then to the Secretary of State early next year for examination by an independent inspector.