You may be aware that public consultation on the emerging (Regulation 18) GNLP will start on 8th January, running to 15th March 2018. Your views are being sought on a Growth Options document, which sets out:
- the broad housing numbers required to 2036;
- six main distribution options; and
- a significant number of questions on various policy areas such as air quality, landscape and affordable housing
It is very important to note that this is an early consultation stage – no final decisions have been made on any policy choice. You can view the document online via www.gnlp.org.uk, and make your comments at the same time. You don’t need to answer every question – you can simply comment on whichever parts of the plan interest you.
The Site Proposals document is also published for consultation. It lists sites submitted to us for consideration for various uses through the plan, along with a settlement summary for those parishes where sites have been submitted. Again, no final decisions have been made on any site, and you can view the Site Proposals document and interactive maps online via www.gnlp.org.uk, making your comments at the same time. You can comment on whichever sites interest you. The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) in the evidence base has more detail on the sites submitted for potential inclusion in the GNLP. Other evidence studies, along with the Interim Sustainability Appraisal are also available online for comment.
About 25 roadshows at various locations in Greater Norwich have been planned to take place during the consultation period. The precise venues and dates are published on www.gnlp.org.uk. Officers will be available at the roadshows to discuss policy options or sites in general terms, but it is stressed that this is an early stage consultation exercise, and no decisions will be made until later in the plan-making process. Parish councils have been invited to separate workshops.
Hard copies of the maps and all other consultation documents are available from the consultation deposit points:
- County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich (main reception);
- City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich (2nd floor reception);
- Broadland District Council, Thorpe Road, Thorpe St Andrew (main reception);
- South Norfolk Council, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton (main reception).
The quickest and easiest way of responding to the consultation is online at www.gnlp.org.uk but if you can’t respond online, please contact us on 01603 306603 to get a response booklet. All responses must be received by 5pm on 15th March 2018.
Greater Norwich Planning Policy Team Manager