December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A target has been set to build 5,700 new homes across the Great Yarmouth borough at a rate of 380 homes a year.
A substantial vision for the entire borough’s development took a step forward tonight when Great Yarmouth Borough Council full council signing off the latest draft Core Strategy.
The Core Strategy is the first of three major planning documents forming the new-style Local Plan, which guides the future decisions of Yarmouth’s planning committee and department - essentially where housing growth should be over the next 15 years.
The plan - which only applies to parts of the borough outside the Broads Authority Executive Area - identifies land south of Bradwell and “under-utilised previously-developed” riverside land in Yarmouth as the two main sites for major mixed-use development.
The remaining houses, it says, would be divided among the other settlements in the borough, according to whether they are “key service centres, or primary, secondary or tertiary villages”, with the 5,700 new homes binge built at an average rate of 380 new homes per year - growth seen as necessary with a population expected to rise by 9.4pc or 9,200 people.
The plan defines the riverside development in Yarmouth as “a network of attractive, vibrant and well-connected neighbourhoods” and describes the site as a “new gateway to the town”.
It would take 1,000 of the new homes and improve links between the railway station and Market Place.
As well as the increase in housing, the plan sets out general planning policies in areas such as sustainability, strengthening town and village centres, and essential infrastructure.
Council officers and a cross-party group of borough councillors have worked together on the final draft and, this evening, full council agreed for the document to go out for one final consultation.
The consultation is solely about soundness and legal compliance of the strategy, rather than general comments, but does give the public another chance to have their say.
Core Strategy - in detail.
Main points in the draft Core Strategy include the provision of 5,700 new homes, at an average rate of about 380 new homes per year, for a population that is expected to increase by 9,200 people, or 9.4 per cent.
There are two major mixed-use development sites identified.
The first is over 40 hectares of “under-utilised previously-developed riverside land” in the centre of Great Yarmouth for “a network of attractive, vibrant and well-connected neighbourhoods”.
This “new gateway to the town” could comprise 1,000 new homes of a mix of types, 16,500m2 of employment floorspace, and 14,200m2 of retail and leisure floorspace. Councillors want to see better links between the railway station and the Market Place, and positive pedestrian and cycle links throughout the new area and to neighbouring areas. Described as a “long-term ambition”, the plan acknowledges the development would not be fully delivered during the next 15 years.
The second is the already publicised extension the Beacon Park development at land south of Bradwell to provide “a sustainable urban extension”.
“It will affect nearly everyone”.
Councillor Bernard Williamson, cabinet member for transformation and regeneration, said: “The Core Strategy is not just the council’s plan for the future, it is the community’s plan, and will affect nearly everyone at some point, which is why it is so important that residents take this opportunity to have their say on the issues of soundness and legal compliance, and find out more about what is planned.”
“Sustainable development is vital to ensure the borough’s economy continues to grow and future generations have homes and jobs. It also brings infrastructure improvements, such as new shops, roads and other facilities, which benefit the town as a whole.
“The Core Strategy is a significant part of achieving this aim, by providing a strategic steer to future development, defining where we live, work, shop and visit; influencing the type, number and location of new homes; and promoting investment in our town centres, seafront and employment sites.”
The council said the remaining new homes required over the 15 years would be divided among the other settlements in the borough, according to whether they are key service centres, or primary, secondary or tertiary villages. A separate document identifying the locations for these smaller developments, as well as a document on plans for Great Yarmouth riverfront sites, will be consulted on at later dates.
In spring 2014, the draft and consultation responses will be submitted to an independent planning inspector, who will hold an examination in public to determine whether the document meets these tests.
The final version of the Core Strategy is likely to be adopted by the council later next year.
Until then, a summary of the document will be available at drop-in events over the coming weeks, at Gorleston Library and Yarmouth’s Town Hall until November 8.
The drop-in sessions will be at:
• Martham Community Centre – 3pm to 7pm on Monday, October 7, and 10am to 2pm on Tuesday, October 8.
• Leo Coles Pavilion – 3pm to 7pm on Thursday, October 10, and 10am to 2pm on Friday, October 11.
• Gorleston Library – 10am to 2pm on Monday, October 14, and 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday, October 15.
• Market Gates, Great Yarmouth – 10am to 2pm on Thursday, October 17, and 1pm to 5pm on Friday, October 18.
See Friday’s Great Yarmouth Mercury for more on what the Core Strategy means for residents.