Vision for 3,000 Norwich homes gets the green light

PUBLISHED: 12:47 17 October 2014

Revised plans for the scheme on the Deal Ground and May Gurney sites in Bracondale and Trowse have now been submitted. Pictured: Artist impression

Revised plans for the scheme on the Deal Ground and May Gurney sites in Bracondale and Trowse have now been submitted. Pictured: Artist impression

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Blueprints to build more than 3,000 homes across Norwich have been given the green light by the planning inspectorate.

Sites across the city have been earmarked for development before 2026, including the Deal Ground at Trowse - which has outline planning permission for up to 670 homes.

Two local plan documents - the site allocations plan and the development management policies plan - have been approved.

The former identifies new sites within the city that, between them, are deemed viable to bring forward 3,000 new dwellings by 2026.

The latter is a set of policies that aim to ensure a consistent and responsible approach to development.

It accounts for factors such as protection of landscape and heritage features, infrastructure, office provision, affordable housing and flood management. In his report, the inspector praised Norwich City Council’s approach to consultation.

Mike Stonard, cabinet member for environment, development and transport, said: “The news that our local plan documents are proved to be sound is very welcome.

“It means we can provide certainty for site developers, which will in turn encourage delivery of homes and jobs for the city.

“Through positive engagement, we now have a local plan that provides the tools needed to grow Norwich in a responsible and sustainable way, while also preserving its unique character.”

These documents join the joint core strategy and Northern city centre area action plan to complete Norwich’s local plan.

Both must be approved by full council before they are adopted.

For details see www.norwich.gov.uk/localplanupdate

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