King's Lynn and West Norfolk
The borough council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk commenced a Regulation 18 draft Local Plan consultation on 4 March, which ran until 29 April. The council is currently preparing its pre-submission Local Plan (Reg 19) which is due to be published for consultation towards the end of 2019/early 2020.
North Norfolk District Council published a first draft Local Plan (Part 1) for consultation in May/June 2019. This detailed the proposed planning policies and preferred strategic site allocations in the higher order settlements, such as Holt and Fakenham. The council will be consulting on a first draft Local Plan (Part 2) later in 2019/early 2020. This will detail the preferred development sites in numerous small growth villages, which will comprise sites of less than 1ha to provide between 0-20 dwellings, to meet the NPPF’s 10% small sites requirement.
Adoption of the Local Plan is scheduled for late 2020/early 2021.
Breckland Council has concluded their Main Modifications consultation, and expect to adopt their new Local Plan, to guide development in the district to 2036, in October 2019. However, an early review of housing policies is required and expected to commence shortly after adoption.
Greater Norwich Local Plan (Broadland, Norwich City and South Norfolk)
The next consultation stage is the publication of the draft Local Plan (Stage C Regulation 18), which is currently scheduled to commence in late October for eight weeks. This will include preferred policy options and draft site allocations.
The Greater Norwich Growth Board met on the 26 September, and resolved to delay the commencement of the consultation from the intended 28 October – 16 December 2019 timescales to commence in January 2020. The delay has been caused by Members’ concerns around the accessibility of the consultation document, and a lack of clarity around the increase in the housing allocation requirement, from 7,200 to 8,500 – 8,900 dwellings.
Commencement of the Regulation 19 consultation remains scheduled for August-September 2020, with adoption of the Local Plan scheduled for March 2022.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council is preparing part two of their local plan. This document will eventually sit alongside the Local Plan Part 1: Core Strategy and provide detailed policies and allocations to help deliver the broad distribution and type of growth already agreed for the period to 2030, as set out in the adopted Core Strategy. Great Yarmouth is currently consulting on its draft Local Plan Part 2 (Regulation 18), until 30 September 2019.
Adoption is currently timetabled for winter 2020.