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People urged to have say on where more than 7,000 new homes should be built in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 11:51 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 10 January 2018

The fields around Honingham Thorpe could be home to a new village.

Picture: Nick Butcher

The fields around Honingham Thorpe could be home to a new village. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The public can now have their say on where they think more than 7,000 homes should be built in Norfolk.

Shaun Vincent, chairman of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership. Pic: Archant Library.Shaun Vincent, chairman of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership. Pic: Archant Library.

Council bosses say that, between now and 2036, they need to provide sites for nearly 43,000 new homes in Greater Norwich - the area covered by councils in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk.

While the sites for some 35,000 of those homes has been established through various blueprints, that leaves locations for 7,200 still to be found.

The various councils had asked landowners, developers and the public to put forward possible sites for development, with garden villages near Hethel and at Honingham Thorpe among the potential sites suggested.

And consultation over the strategy the councils should adopt, known as the Greater Norwich Local Plan, has now begun.

Shaun Vincent is chairman of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership, which is made up of representatives from Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council, with support from Norfolk County Council and the Broads Authority.

He said: “We want to create a plan which will continue to provide a framework for the thriving, attractive area we all want to live and work in.

“The plan can only be the best it can be if as many people as possible let us know what they want the Greater Norwich of the future to look like.”

The councils are encouraging all organisations to take part in the consultation, particularly residents, even if they are only interested in commenting on one area or site.

The Green Party in Norwich said the new plan needs to focus on the needs of communities and address the issues of air pollution and climate change.

City councillor Denise Carlo, who represents Norwich’s Nelson ward, said: “That means action on the climate crisis. It means affordable, energy efficient housing, in locations close to jobs and services; safe streets and properly funded public transport; and protection for nature and green spaces.”

To find out more about the plan and contribute to the consultation or to register any preferences, visit the Greater Norwich Local Plan website at www.GNLP.org.uk

The consultation will run until Thursday, March 15.

Roadshows

A series of road shows will also take place across the area through the consultation period. Officers will be available to explain policy options or discuss sites in general terms at these events.

They will take place on:

January 22 (2pm-8pm) Brundall Memorial Hall;

January 23 (10am-4pm) The Forum, Norwich;

January 25 (2pm-8pm) Aylsham Town Hall;

January 26 (2pm-8pm) Acle Recreation Centre;

January 29 (10am-5pm) Harleston Library;

January 30 (2pm-8pm) Diss Corn Hall;

February 1 (2pm-8pm) Cringleford Willow Centre;

February 2 (2pm-8pm) Costessey Town Council Offices;

February 5 (10am-4pm) The Forum, Norwich;

February 6 (2pm-8pm) Bob Carter Centre, Drayton;

February 8 (2pm-8pm) Horsford Village Hall;

February 9 (12pm-6pm) Rackheath Village Hall;

February 12 (2pm-8pm) Lincoln Village Hall, Hingham;

February 14 (2pm-8pm) Hethersett Village Hall;

February 16 (2pm-8pm) Easton Village Hall;

February 17 (10am-4pm) Norwich Millennium Library;

February 19 (11.30am - 5.30pm) Diamond Centre, Sprowston;

February 22 (10.30am-4.30pm) South Norfolk House, Long Stratton;

February 23 (1pm-7pm) Spixworth Village Hall;

February 26 (2pm-8pm) Poringland Community Centre;

February 28 (2pm-8pm) Hellesdon Community Centre;

March 2 (2pm-8pm) Dussindale Centre, Thorpe St Andrew;

March 5 (11am-5pm) Reepham Town Hall;

March 6 (2pm-8pm) Loddon and Chedgrave Jubilee Hall;

March 7 (10am-4pm) The Forum, Norwich;

March 9 (2pm-8pm) Wroxham Library;

March 12 (2pm-8pm) Taverham Village Hall;

March 14 (2pm-8pm) the Hub, Wymondham.

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