Revealed: How many new homes are planned for Norwich, suburbs and villages?
- Credit: SIMON FINLAY
Explore our interactive map to find out how many new homes are planned in your area of Norwich and the surrounding towns and villages.
The map above shows how many homes under the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) had planning permission but were yet to be built as of March 2015 in different areas around Norwich. They are not broken down to street names and Norwich is one number.
The figures show that communities fed up with the site of diggers and construction sites are likely to be in for years of more work.
Statistics from the GNDP reveal that, as of last March, planning permission had been granted for 20,014 homes which were as yet unbuilt.
While work has since started on some, the worst-affected areas include Hethersett, which had 60 homes built and 1,366 more approved, and Broadland's growth triangle near Rackheath, which had permission for 5,821 homes and just 186 built.
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Politicians have in the past accused developers of holding back land to keep property prices high, rather than releasing them.
Hethersett resident James Utting, who has campaigned against development in the past, put the village's high figure down to a lack of a five-year land supply at South Norfolk Council.
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The government-set target forces councils to have a supply of land available for housebuilding and, when the five-year supply is met, means planning committees have more power to refuse applications. Without it, developers are able to quote the lack of supply to push schemes through.
'These applications have been rushed through as they did not have a supply and then the work can't start,' he said. 'For the people in Hethersett who are near the developments that have already been built, I think they are fed up. They are tired of access routes being closed and mud on the roads. The development is likely to go on for 10, 15 years, and people aren't happy.'
James Hopkins, executive chairman of regional housebuilders Hopkins Homes, called on developers to 'build new homes as soon as they can' after they have secured permission.
'Yes, the bureaucratic planning process does now require many more boxes to be ticked and details to be approved by third parties following planning permission to allow development to commence, which can result in delays,' he said.
'But with financing arrangements and cash flow implications, there would be no reason why housebuilders should not yet be building on sites where detailed permission has been given and there are no other exceptional circumstances.'
•The wording of this article has been changed to reflect that the figures just reflect homes planned as part of the GNDP joint core strategy.