Norfolk County Council has issued a “call for sites” for potential land for homes, employment and community facilities as part of a wider Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP).
South Norfolk Council, Broadland Council and Norwich Council, working alongside the county council, have agreed to work together to prepare the plan. It will build on the long-established joint working arrangements for Greater Norwich, which have developed the Joint Core Strategy, which plans for homes, jobs and supporting infrastructure for the area to 2026.
Each district authority has its own Local Plan documents, also running until 2026. But the new GNLP will be the successor to those documents, addressing the additional needs up until 2036. It will be a single Local Plan document that covers the whole of the three districts.
It will include strategic planning policies and also allocate land for development. On the basis of current evidence, at least 12,000 new homes will need to be delivered by 2036, in addition to those currently with planning permission or identified in current and soon-to-be-adopted Local Plans.
A spokesperson for Norfolk County Council said an “essential” piece of work required was the “call for sites.”
Councillor Andrew Proctor, on behalf of the Greater Norwich partnership authorities, said: “The Councils need to consider whether sites proposed are appropriate for allocation, and we are therefore asking for detailed supporting information to be provided, where known.
“Past experience shows that far more land will be submitted than will be needed and it is likely that only a small proportion of the sites submitted may end up being allocated in the Local Plan. Before making final decisions on which sites are allocated, there will be full public consultation in 2017.”
To submit a site, fill in the webform at www.greaternorwichlocalplan.org.uk