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How do you see West Norfolk in 2036? A chance to have your say

Richard Blunt. Picture: West Norfolk Council

Richard Blunt. Picture: West Norfolk Council

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How do you see West Norfolk in 20 years' time?

That is the question being put to people in the region as part of a public consultation.

Landowners, developers, agents and other interested parties are urged to come forward with suggestions for new sites for development up to 2036.

Sites can be submitted for a variety of uses including housing, employment, business and retail uses, community facilities and other types of development.

Richard Blunt, the borough council’s cabinet member for development, said: “The planning inspector requested that we undertake an immediate review of our local plan to ensure that we had a five year land supply up to 2036.

“This involves two strands of work. One is to assess housing need, which is currently taking place. The other is to identify the availability of land that has not yet been earmarked for development under the existing plan.

“This is a real opportunity for those who put sites forward before, that weren’t included, to put them forward again for consideration. These can be for any kind of development from housing, through to community or commercial uses.”

At this point in time, any sites can be forwarded. They will be considered against the Housing and Economic Land Availability methodology, which has been consulted on and agreed by all Norfolk authorities.

As part of the consultation there is also an opportunity for anyone to make suggestions for areas that should have special policy treatment or suggestions for specific policies such as policies for custom and self-build properties, or heritage, tourism or culture policies.

Once the public consultation closes, further assessments of the sites put forward will take place. Preferred sites and reasonable alternatives will be identified and a further consultation on those sites will then take place.

The consultation runs to November 28 and is available on west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay. Anyone wishing to put forward a site for development will need to include an OS map when they submit the online form.

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