Question 36: Do you support, object or have any comments relating to the sequential approach to development of new retailing, leisure, offices and other main town centre uses?

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Comment

Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan – Part 1 The Strategy

Representation ID: 21600

Received: 16/03/2020

Respondent: Hingham Parish Council

Representation:

With reference to “new retailing” - it is concerning that there is no focus on encouraging, preserving and enhancing retail within the existing high street environment, addressing empty retail premises and assisting existing businesses to flourish.

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With reference to “new retailing” - it is concerning that there is no focus on encouraging, preserving and enhancing retail within the existing high street environment, addressing empty retail premises and assisting existing businesses to flourish.

Comment

Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan – Part 1 The Strategy

Representation ID: 21612

Received: 16/03/2020

Respondent: Hingham Parish Council

Representation:

With reference to “new retailing” - it is concerning that there is no focus on encouraging, preserving and enhancing retail within the existing high street environment, addressing empty retail premises and assisting existing businesses to flourish.

Full text:

With reference to “new retailing” - it is concerning that there is no focus on encouraging, preserving and enhancing retail within the existing high street environment, addressing empty retail premises and assisting existing businesses to flourish.

Support

Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan – Part 1 The Strategy

Representation ID: 21761

Received: 16/03/2020

Respondent: Brown & Co

Representation:

We support the sequential approach to development of new retailing, leisure, offices and other main town centre uses.

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We support the sequential approach to development of new retailing, leisure, offices and other main town centre uses.

Comment

Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan – Part 1 The Strategy

Representation ID: 22407

Received: 16/03/2020

Respondent: Horsham Properties Ltd

Agent: Mrs Georgina Brotherton

Representation:

Draft Policy 6 ‘The Economy’
3.1 The draft GNLP states that it seeks to support small and medium sized businesses within both urban and rural areas by allocating sufficient employment land and allowing for windfall sites to come forward. However, Policy 6 ‘The Economy’, as drafted does not provide a flexible policy basis to accommodate the needs not anticipated by the Local Plan or to enable the expansion of existing small and medium size employment sites across of the GNLP area. Policy 6, as drafted therefore does not align with the NPPF or adopted Joint Core Strategy Policy 5 ‘The Economy’ and it is requested that the policy is amended to allow for the expansion of existing small and medium sized employment sites, such as the Abbey Farm Commercial Park site.
3.2 Paragraph 116 of the GNLP explains that the role of smaller scale employment sites in the urban area, market towns and villages will help to deliver good access to jobs for all. To promote the delivery of jobs, Section 4 of the GNLP explains that the draft plan provides choice and flexibility by providing for a wide range of type and size of employment sites. In terms of smaller scale and rural employment sites, Section 4 explains that such sites will be supported in accessible and sustainable locations.
3.3 Policy 1 outlines the Local Plans sustainable growth strategy and the supporting text to this policy explains at paragraph 151 that the plan allocates employment sites totalling around 360 hectares. Paragraph 155 explains that the Plan also allocates land and allows for additional windfall delivery of smaller scale sites to provide for jobs growth elsewhere in the urban area, towns and villages, providing local job opportunities and supporting small-scale businesses and a vibrant rural economy.
3.4 Whilst Policy 6 as drafted recognises the needs of small, medium and start-up businesses and explains that this will be addressed through the allocation and retention of smaller scale employment sites across the area, the policy as drafted does not allow for the expansion of existing small and medium sized sites.
3.5 Policy 5 ‘The Economy’ of the Joint Core Strategy specifically addressed the needs of small and medium sized businesses within the policy by allowing for the expansion of existing small and medium sized employment sites. We consider that this part of Policy 5 should be carried forward into draft Policy 6 of the GNLP.
3.6 By allowing existing employment sites to expand, this would enable existing businesses to grow and meet their evolving requirements on site rather than relocate, potentially out of the GNLP area. Paragraph 80 of the NPPF states planning policies and decisions should help create the conditions in which businesses can invest, expand and adapt. Paragraph 81 goes on to state that policies should be flexible enough to accommodate needs not anticipated in the plan and to enable a rapid response to changes in economic circumstances.
3.7 With the above national policy context in mind, we consider draft Policy 6 is not flexible enough to meet the changing requirements of businesses and request that paragraph 2 is amended to allow for the expansion of small and medium sized sites, such as Abbey Farm Commercial Park. We therefore request that Policy 6, Paragraph 2 is amended as follows: 2.The needs of small, medium and start-up businesses are addressed through: • the allocation and retention of smaller scale employment sites across the area and the potential expansion of, a range of existing small and medium sized sites (LPP suggested text); • encouraging the provision of small-scale business opportunities in all significant residential and commercial developments and through the appropriate use of rural buildings; • Encouraging flexible building design and innovative approaches in new and existing residential developments to encourage local working and business opportunities.

Full text:

On behalf of our client, Horsham Properties Ltd and owner of Abbey Farm Commercial Park at Horsham St Faith, we write in respect of the Greater Norwich Local Plan, Regulation 18 - Part 1, The Strategy and Part 2 Site Allocations Consultation, published January 2020.

Please find attached LPP’s statement that sets out our representations regarding Site Reference HNF3 – Land at Abbey Farm Commercial Park, Horsham St Faith, that is allocated for employment uses within the Broadland District Council Site Allocations Development Plan Document (2016) and is identified as ‘Carried Forward Employment Allocation’ within the draft Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) (2020).

This statement also considers the policies contained within Part 1 The Strategy set out within the draft GNLP and provides representations in respect of Policy 6 ‘The Economy’, Policy 7.4 ‘Village Clusters’ and responses to questions 6, 10, 15, 34 and 46. A response to each question has also been submitted via the GNLP online consultation portal.

This statement additionally identifies and seeks the allocation of land north of Abbey Farm Commercial Park (0.9 hectares), as a further modest extension to the Commercial Park for employment use.

Comment

Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan – Part 1 The Strategy

Representation ID: 22422

Received: 16/03/2020

Respondent: Norwich Green Party

Representation:

Sequential approach: We wish to see car parking standards lowered and made consistent across the Greater Norwich urban area so that existing and new employers are less tempted to move out of the city centre to green field locations where parking is more plentiful. Sustainable transport modes must be improved alongside so that people can access with ease all locations by bus, foot, cycle and where possible, by local rail across Norwich and not rely on the private car as at present. The existing array of out-of town strategic developments around Norwich, such as Longwater and Broadland Business Park are a climate disaster, as well as consuming large amounts of land. Less car parking would enable more efficient use of land. We also consider that city centre brownfield sites allocated for employment uses eg Barrack Street should be developed before approving out of town locations.
Other main town centre uses: need to move away from providing more or as much car parking and instead reduce the amount of car parking and re-develop valuable land for housing. Norwich City Council needs to find an alternative to public car parking for raising revenue funds. Also, need to encourage short-stay users such as shoppers to catch park and ride rather than drive into the city centre and park, by making park and ride more attractive vis-a vis parking in the city centre.

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Comment

Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan – Part 1 The Strategy

Representation ID: 22858

Received: 16/03/2020

Respondent: Crown Point Estate

Agent: Miss Kate Wood

Representation:

As noted above under question 34, we are promoting Octagon Barn for mixed use development including small-scale business / retail use to enhance the use of the site as a local destination. Policy 6 concludes with a stated desire to enhance the environment and economy of villages. However, the Town Centres element of the policy doesn’t distinguish between types of retail use. The hierarchy of defined centres in the policy is appropriate for chain stores and supermarkets, but the retail offer of independents cannot compete with these businesses in high value locations. The policy should make clear the type and/or size of retail uses required to follow a sequential test.

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Comment

Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan – Part 1 The Strategy

Representation ID: 23052

Received: 16/03/2020

Respondent: Hingham Parish Council

Representation:

With reference to “new retailing” - it is concerning that there is no focus on encouraging, preserving and enhancing retail within the existing high street environment, addressing empty retail premises and assisting existing businesses to flourish.

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Object

Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan – Part 1 The Strategy

Representation ID: 23116

Received: 31/03/2020

Respondent: Salhouse Parish Council

Representation:

OK if policies encourage new businesses, but little point developing new sites when exiting sites are vacant. Better to encourage better use of town centres through lower business rates, free parking better transport and other incentives.

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Note that Salhouse Parish Council largely endorses the comments by CPRE, and so we have integrated these comments into our response.

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