New, Revised and Small Sites

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Section 1 - Introduction

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONSULTATION IS ON NEW, REVISED AND SMALL SITES.

WE ARE NOT SEEKING VIEWS ON THE SITES AND THE GROWTH STRATEGY CONSULTED ON IN EARLY 2018, OR ON EXISTING COMMITMENTS[1]. However, when commenting on new sites, you can also tell us if you have anything more to say about nearby sites consulted on in early 2018. You will need to include the site reference for the earlier site in your comments on the new site.

1.1 This document is an addendum to the Site Proposals document produced for the Regulation 18 Consultation in early 2018 (available here ). It forms part of the Regulation 18 consultation on the emerging Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP).

1.2 It covers:

  • new sites submitted through the Regulation 18 consultation in early 2018;
  • proposed revisions to sites previously submitted;
  • and small sites (of less than 0.25 hectares or 5 dwellings) submitted throughout the plan-making process up to now. The small sites are considered as potential changes to settlement boundaries.

1.3 At this stage no decisions have been made about which sites should or should not be included in the emerging plan; however, the Site Proposals document (here), this addendum to it and the supporting evidence in the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) give an early indication about their possible suitability.

1.4 Set out below in this document are a series of site details and settlement summaries, with accompanying maps available via the GNLP website at http://www.gnlp.org.uk :

  • site details are listed under the parish within which they fall (or within which the majority of the site falls);
  • you can make comments on the submitted sites online via the GNLP website, with interactive maps for each submitted site also available to help you (see below for further detail);
  • sites are also illustrated in map booklets for each parish/town/city available via the GNLP website. Each map booklet contains an overall map for the parish, followed by a series of individual site maps. We have tried to show as much context as possible, therefore existing commitments, sites previously consulted on (see 2.0 below) and sites which are outside the parish, but close to the boundary, should also be clearly evident from the maps.
  • Hard copies of the maps and consultation documents are also available from the consultation deposit points:

o County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich (main reception);

o City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich (2nd floor reception);

o Broadland District Council, Thorpe Road, Thorpe St Andrew (main reception);

o South Norfolk Council, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton (main reception).

  • As the title suggests, the settlement summaries have been written on a settlement basis, rather than a parish basis. Therefore, where a site clearly relates to a settlement in an adjoining parish, because of proximity and because future residents would use the services and facilities in that settlement, the site has been included within the summary for that settlement. For example, the settlement summary for Poringland includes several sites which are listed under the parishes of Caistor St Edmund, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot, and Stoke Holy Cross, but which are shown on the maps for both the parish they are in and are also shown on the overall parish map for Poringland.

Where possible, where the sites details and the summary of the site appear under different parishes, we have tried to cross-reference these as clearly as possible.

Proposed Sites

1.5 Basic site details are set out for all sites submitted through the Regulation 18 consultation in early 2018 and subsequently up to 17 August 2018. The site details set out the location of the site, who has proposed it and what they would like it considered for. Whilst we have tried to take into account what the site has been proposed for, where sites have been proposed for specific house numbers the assessment will take into account the potential for housing development at the densities set out in the HELAA methodology, in order to make the assessment of sites consistent. Only sites of 0.25 hectares or more, or 5 dwellings or more, have been assessed using the HELAA methodology. Please note that sites of less than 0.25 hectares or for fewer than 5 dwellings will not be allocated through the GNLP, though they can be considered as part of extensions to development boundaries

Assessment of sites received through the early 2018 Regulation 18 consultation and up to 17th August 2018.

1.6 An initial assessment of new sites received through the Regulation 18 consultation and up to 17 August 2018 has been undertaken through the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). The HELAA uses a methodology which is based on Government advice and which has been agreed by all of the Norfolk Local Planning Authorities. The HELAA is a desk-based exercise which uses a system of Red/Amber/Green (RAG) scores for a range of 'constraints' and 'impacts' associated with the potential development of the sites. Its purpose is to identify potential capacity for housing and employment growth across the three districts.

1.7 The views of a range of technical stakeholders, such as Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Anglian Water, local authority Conservation and Environmental Health services, and Norfolk County Council's Highways, Ecology and Historic Environment services, have been taken into account in the HELAA assessment. The HELAA uses RAG scores to assess the suitability of the sites (for the uses proposed by those submitting the sites) and this is complemented by an assessment of their 'availability' and 'achievability' in order to draw a conclusion about whether the site has potential capacity. The stakeholder responses have helped guide the RAG scores. However, the final HELAA scores do not necessarily directly reflect the consultee responses, as these are often made from a very specific viewpoint, and the HELAA needs to consider the potential for mitigating some of the impacts.

1.8 The intention of the HELAA is to gauge the potential capacity of the sites and the assessment indicates that relatively few sites have no capacity for development. However, it should be noted that just because the HELAA identifies a site has potential capacity for development, this does not mean that it is a suitable allocation site or would be granted planning permission.

Settlement summaries

1.9 This addendum has been produced to update the Site Proposals document, taking account of sites through the Regulation 18 consultation and subsequently up to August 17th 2018. The settlement summaries in sections 3 to 5 of this document have been updated to take account of the new, revised and small sites.

1.10 The aim is to highlight what the main concerns are for that town or village, arising principally from the HELAA, and a broad indication of which sites may be preferable for development, should sites be needed in that location. Again, the settlement summaries do not confirm that a site is suitable for allocation, or give any indication that planning permission would be granted. Further, more detailed work, is required to establish this. This could include more detailed investigation of the potential constraints and impacts identified by the initial assessment and an on-site assessment. Work is ongoing, particularly in relation to safe routes to school which may also have an effect on the conclusions drawn. Because the distribution of development between different types of settlement has not yet been established, it is not yet possible to say how much new housing (or other uses) will be required in particular places. Please note that where no new, revised or small sites has been submitted in a parish, an updated settlement summary for that village has not been produced. In addition, where no site was submitted to the early 2018 Regulation 18 consultation, but a site/s has now been submitted, the reference number has an "a" suffix.


[1] Commitments are sites which are allocated though current plans and sites which have current planning permissions.

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