Appeal to consider alternative options to putting 10,000 new homes to the north-east of Norwich

Dan Roper, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Broadland District Council.

Dan Roper, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Broadland District Council.

Don’t be so fast to dismiss the alternatives to putting 10,000 new homes to the north-east of Norwich – that’s the message from opposition councillors at Broadland District Council.

An extraordinary meeting of Broadland District Council will take place tomorrow night, where councillors will decide on the future of a blueprint for where thousands of homes should be built in and around Norwich over the next 15 years.

A legal challenge has forced the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) – made up of Norwich, Broadland amd South Norfolk Councils – to rethink the joint core strategy for where 37,000 homes and 27,000 jobs could be created by 2026.

A High Court judge told the councils they had not demonstrated why an area to the north-east of Norwich was picked for up to 10,000 homes, ahead of alternative locations.

He told the GNDP to reassess the north-east growth triangle – which includes Rackheath, Old Catton, Spixworth and Thorpe St Andrew.

That reassessment saw three options for growth drawn up. Option one was for the north-east growth triangle to remain the most appropriate place.

Option two was to limit development to inside the route of the planned northern distributor road around Norwich, while option three would disperse 2,400 of the new homes around the north-west and north-east of Broadland, with a further 4,600 in Hethersett and Cringleford.

The GNDP board recommended that the councils agree to consult the public on option one. Norwich City Council and South Norfolk Council have already agreed that should be the way forward.

Broadland District Council will decide whether to follow suit tomorrow, but the opposition Liberal Democrat group have called for option two not to be dismissed so rapidly.

Dan Roper, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “Broadland Liberal Democrats will oppose any move to put the joint core strategy out to consultation unless option two is considered on an equal basis.

“The option two proposal must be put to the public and we would question the motives of anyone who wants to prevent this from happening.”

Andrew Proctor. leader of Broadland District Council and chairman of the GNDP, has previously said: “The recommendation that the north-east growth triangle is the most appropriate has been thoroughly tested and checked at every turn in the spirit of the court’s ruling.”

If the recommendation is approved by all three councils, consultation on the plan will take place from Friday, August 10 until Monday, October 8.

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