Inspector backs remaining section of Greater Norwich plan

A joint local plan put together by three councils in Norfolk can be adopted in its entirety after a planning inspector backed part of the strategy that had been resubmitted following a legal judgment last year.

Broadland: final part of strategy can now be put into place
Broadland: final part of strategy can now be put into place

The joint core strategy (JCS) for Greater Norwich was adopted in March 2011. But following a legal challenge by local campaigner Stephen Heard, the High Court ruled in February 2012 that Broadland District Council, South Norfolk District Council and Norwich City Council must review the housing strategy for Broadland.

Judge Mr Justice Duncan Ouseley ordered that those parts of the JCS involving the Broadland part of the Norwich Policy Area, including the North East Growth Triangle with a total of 9,000 proposed homes and 25 hectares of employment land, should be remitted for further consideration.

The judge also ordered that a new sustainability appraisal for that part of Broadland in the Norwich Policy Area and the reasonable alternatives to it should be prepared.

Examiner David Vickery considered those parts of the JCS which were remitted by the judgment.

In his report, issued last week, Vickery said that the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) had "given good and sound reasons for the selection of the reasonable alternatives and why other alternatives were not reasonable ones". The inspector added that the GNDP’s constituent authorities had given "clear reasons for the final selection of the preferred option".

Vickery concluded that the plan "provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the area up to 2026, provided that a number of modifications are made to it".

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council and chair of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership, said: "The news that our joint core strategy has been proved to be sound is very welcome and testament to the hard work of the officers involved.

"It means we can deliver the development and infrastructure needed in Greater Norwich in a strategic and sustainable way, resulting in the provision of the homes and the jobs we need to meet our economic aspirations and provide the city and county with a prosperous future."

Report On The Examination Into The Joint Core Strategy For Broadland, Norwich And South Norfolk, The Broadland Part Of The Norwich Policy Area Local Plan is available here.

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