Blueprint for 37,000 homes in and around Norwich edges nearer

Norwich City Council leader Brenda Arthur.

Norwich City Council leader Brenda Arthur. - Credit: Archant 2013

A blueprint for where 37,000 homes and 27,000 jobs should be built and created in and around Norwich has edged a step nearer.

The whole of the joint core strategy, which outlines where development should happen in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk, was found to be sound by a planning inspector last month – so long as some modifications are made.

The document is meant to form a strategy for planning where new homes and jobs should go.

It was put together by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) – made up of Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council, together with Norfolk County Council.

While the bulk of the document had already been adopted, a High Court judge had ordered that the sections relating to the parts of Broadland which fall within what is known as the Norwich Policy Area needed to be reconsidered.

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The document was resubmitted, with proposals for 9,000 homes and 25 hectares of employment land in the Broadland part of the Norwich Policy Area, still focused in the same areas as before – 7,000 of the homes in the Old Catton, Sprowston, Rackheath, Thorpe St Andrew area and 2,000 'floating' in other parts of Broadland.

And, following public inquiries in the summer, planning inspector David Vickery confirmed the document is sound, so long as a number of modifications are made.

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At a meeting of Norwich City Council's Labour-controlled cabinet last night, councillors agreed to recommend that the full council next week resolves to adopt the part joint core strategy and revisions to the existing document.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said the blueprint was 'fundamental' to being able to plan for growth.

South Norfolk Council's full council agreed to adoption earlier this week, while Broadland District Council's full council will discuss it tonight.

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