The Pre-Submission Draft Plan consultation closed on the 2nd October. The Policy Team are now processing all responses received, which will be sent directly to the Planning Inspector when the Plan is submitted.
GREATER NORWICH DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
GREATER NORWICH LOCAL PLAN
The publication of the Regulation 18 version of the GNLP was due to be released for consultation in October 2017. However, more work on the Plan is required, with the scheduled 21 September meeting of the GNDP Board pushed forward to 20 November. Because of this, the publication of the Regulation 18 version of the GNLP has been pushed forward to January 2018. When released, the Plan will be open to a 10-week public consultation period, where interested parties can comment on the various Growth Options to inform the direction of the Plan.
The Greater Norwich Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) will also be published with the Regulation 18 version of the GNLP. This document will evaluate each site promoted through the GNLP to date to determine whether sites are deliverable or developable. However, the HELAA will not contain judgements on preferred sites, as the direction of growth in the Plan is yet to be determined. Representations for new sites are still welcome. Additionally, supporting evidence for submitted sites may be put forward to respond to any site-specific issues raised in the HELAA when released.
Timetable for Preparation of the Greater Norwich Local Plan
|Regulation 18 Consultation
Regulation 19 Publication
Following the recent First Draft Local Plan Consultation which ended on 22 September 2017, Waveney have published all 1,779 comments received. The Council are currently considering all of the comments and deciding if a change needs to be made to the plan.
Moving forward, there will be a Final Plan Consultation in Winter 2017/2018, which is likely to be followed by a submission to the Government and an Independent Examination in Spring 2018. Waveney will then be looking to adopt the new Local Plan in Summer 2018.
BABERGH & MID SUFFOLK
Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council have launched their first stage of consultation on a new Joint Local Plan. This consultation started on 21 August and will run until Friday 10 November.
The Joint Local Plan will inform how the Districts will develop over the next 20 years. It will establish how much housing and land for businesses will be needed and where it will go, alongside protecting and enhancing the environment and delivering infrastructure.
The consultation document can be viewed online here.
Site Allocations Local Plan Examination
The Site Allocations Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination in Public on 24 March 2017. Hearing sessions commenced on 17 October and will run for approx. 3 days. Further details of the Examination including the programme can be found on the Council’s website here.
The Council is undertaking a Local Plan Review which is to begin with the Issues and Options document which is published for public consultation from 18 August until 30 October. The consultation document and other supporting information can be found here.
BRECKLAND COUNCIL APPEAL – FIVE YEAR HOUSING LAND SUPPLY
An Appeal has recently been allowed in Breckland, reference APP/F2605/3173739, within which the Inspector considered the Council could only show a housing land supply of between 2.4 – 2.8 years against the requirement set out in the adopted Breckland Core Strategy and Development Control Policies Development Plan Document (2009) (CSDCP). This highlights a substantial housing shortage under the current adopted development plan.
Breckland Council has produced a revised Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2017 (SHMA) which indicates a lower level of Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing across the District than that assumed in the adopted CSDCP. As neither the SHMA nor OAN has been tested at a development plan examination the revised need assessment can be afforded limited weight at this stage. However, even using the revised OAN figure, the Council’s best case assessment is that there is a housing land supply of 4.6 years.
The appeal can be viewed here.
South Norfolk Council have announced that they’re aiming to publish their Brownfield Register towards the end of 2017. This document will provide housebuilders with up-to-date and publicly available information on all brownfield sites available for housing locally.