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Our Challenges


Our area has been identified as a main focus for growth in the East of England, for new homes and jobs, leisure, cultural and educational development. Growth on this scale presents many challenges, which we are determined to meet. This section spells out each of these challenges, and up to date information on how we are meeting them.

Environment


Enhance our special environment and mitigate against any adverse impacts of growth.

Growth will be carefully managed in order to minimise the contributors to climate change. High standards of design will be promoted to reduce, greenhouse gasses, make best use of renewable energy sources and to improve energy efficiency.

Preference will be given to locations where services, employment, shops, schools and recreation are accessible by walking, cycling and public transport to reduce the need to travel, especially by car.

Houses


Identify land to meet the requirements of providing 37,000 additional homes.

The JCS will ensure that the locations where new homes can be built are carefully selected. Where appropriate, enough homes will be built together to form new communities. This will give scope for new facilities to be provided, rather than place undue strain on those serving existing communities.

Jobs


Secure another 27,000 new jobs of all types and levels in all sectors of the economy and for the entire workforce.

The area already boasts a strong, diverse economy and a high quality of life. The population growth we are planning for will bring with it many economic opportunities, and we will create the right conditions to harness them.

The Greater Norwich Economic Strategy (2009 – 2014) provides a route to drive the economy through the current recession. It sets out how we will bounce-back even stronger to ensure future growth. The GNDP, together with Shaping Norfolk’s Future will work closely with the business community and other public, voluntary and community partners to make that future a reality.

Placemaking


Maximise the high quality of life we currently enjoy and respect the patterns of living which characterise the area.

Existing communities will grow as new ones develop, ensuring that generations to come will be assured of a local home. Alongside these homes, the area’s economic development will bring a raft of new opportunities for local people to realise their ambitions.

Infrastructure


Ensure that essential infrastructure, services and community facilities are provided.

A wide range of new infrastructure will be needed to support growth. To make sure that the delivery of this is carefully phased, and that the necessary funding is identified, we are preparing an Integrated Development Programme (IDP).

Community Infrastructure Levy: Have your say

The Greater Norwich Development Partnership has announced the launch of the Community Infrastructure Levy Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation. The consultation opens on Monday 3 October 2011 and comments are invited over a six-week period until Monday 14 November 2011.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy that local authorities in England and Wales can charge on new developments in their area. The system is very simple. It applies to most new buildings and charges are fixed based on the size, type and location of the new development. The money will be used to support development by funding infrastructure that the council, local community and neighbourhoods want – for example, new or safer road schemes, public transport and walking and cycling schemes, park improvements or a community hall. The Government will expect neighbourhoods where CIL money is raised to receive a ‘meaningful proportion’ of this revenue to spend on infrastructure projects locally.

The three councils of Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk have chosen to work together as the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) and adopt a co-ordinated approach to the implementation of CIL. However, in order to comply with the regulations, three separate Preliminary Draft Charging Schedules have been prepared. These are almost identical and they share the same evidence base with the only difference in the schedules relating to the geographical charging zones.

Copies of the consultation documents are available for inspection at the offices of each of the GNDP councils, and libraries in the three districts. They are also available on the GNDP’s website at www.gndp.org.uk.

Leader of Broadland District Council, Cllr Andrew Proctor said:

Development is about building homes, not just houses, and places where people can work in the future. We want to ensure that development is managed and is supported by the infrastructure to make it sustainable. The Community Infrastructure Levy provides one vital source of funding to deliver that and ensure that communities have the facilities they need to thrive and prosper.

Greater Norwich Development Partnership Board

In the summer of 2020 the Terms of Reference for governance arrangements for the Greater Norwich Development Partnership were reviewed and approved by each member authority.


The GNDP Board has now replaced the Policy Group as the political leadership of the GNDP. The Board is made up of three elected members from Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council, South Norfolk Council, Norfolk County Council and a member from the Broads Authority. The group is supported in its role by the Director level representation from each local authority and a series of advisors who will be seconded into the group when necessary.

Meetings of the GNDP Board will be held in public. Agendas, papers and minutes will be made available on this page in advance of each meeting.

Our vision

Our vision is that by 2026 the extended communities of the three districts will be strong, cohesive, creative and forward looking.

Between 2008 and 2026, at least 36,740 new homes will be built and about 27,000 new jobs will be created. Our vision for the area’s economy is ambitious. Creating the conditions for 27,000 new jobs will not be easy, particularly in light of the difficult times the country finds itself in. But we have clear plans in place to realise this ambition. We want to maximise the benefits of these local assets, as well as create the conditions for new ones to flourish. The population growth we are planning for will bring with it many economic opportunities, and we will create the right conditions to harness them.

All communities will be safer, healthier, more prosperous, sustainable and inclusive. High quality homes will meet people’s needs and aspirations in attractive and sustainable places. People will have access to good quality jobs and essential services and community facilities, with less need to use the car. Development will be to the highest possible standards of design, enhancing the quality and distinctiveness of the area and will bring improved infrastructure, services and facilities to benefit new and existing communities.

This is an ambitious vision, and it presents us with stretching targets. To meet them Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council, and South Norfolk Council have worked together with Norfolk County Council as the Greater Norwich Development Partnership, to draw up a Joint Core Strategy. It has not been easy, and we are grateful for the input of all the local people and organisations that have taken part in consultations. These have helped us identify the local issues and concerns which need to be considered. The effort we have made in drawing up our strategy means that our area can continue to provide homes and opportunities for local people and their families, and that growth will happen in a sustainable way that complements the existing local character.

Q & A

What is the GNDP?


The GNDP is a partnership of locally elected representatives. It is managing growth in Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk to ensure it works in the best interests of local residents and that local businesses share in new economic opportunities

Why does the area have to have growth?


Norwich and the surrounding areas need housing growth over the next 20 years for a number of reasons:

  • Local people are living longer, and more live alone, resulting in smaller households. This increases the need for more houses irrespective of any growth in population.
  • The area is attractive to people moving from other parts of the country, for economic reasons or lifestyle choices.
  • More local people are in need of housing as not enough homes have been built in recent years.

What is the GNDP doing?


The GNDP has produced a ‘Joint Core Strategy’ (JCS) to carefully managing the process of growth.

The JCS will ensure that the locations where new homes can be built are carefully selected. Where appropriate, enough homes will be built together to form new communities. This will give scope for new facilities to be provided, rather than place undue strain on those serving existing communities.

The GNDP is working hard to attract funding to the area to make sure that growth is sustainable and supported by significant infrastructure improvements and new opportunities.

What benefits is growth bringing to the area?

Growth is about more than just new houses. The work we are doing now will have a wide ranging impact across the three districts:

Culture


We will ensure that existing cultural assets are maintained and new ones developed.
We will create new public spaces and sports facilities for local people to enjoy.
We will improve access to the countryside.
We will invest in small scale, local arts projects, and put innovative art and design at the heart of the public realm.

Transport


We will encourage sustainable modes of transport through, new cycle routes and footways.
We will plan for new homes to be near services, jobs, schools, and recreational facilities.
We will improve public transport, including a new Bus Rapid Transport system on key Norwich routes.
We will improve the road network, particularly through the Northern Distributor Road, which will relieve congestion in the city centre.
We will make sure we’re well connected to the rest of the world by supporting the growth of Norwich International Airport.


Economy


We will safeguard existing employment sites and allocate new land to meet the needs of investors, new businesses, and local businesses looking to expand.
We will prioritise economic growth in market towns and revitalise the rural economy.
We will support enterprise hubs at Norwich Research Park and Hethel Engineering Centre, creating new hi-value jobs for local people.
We will help local people make the most of these opportunities by creating education and training facilities.


Environment


We will ensure that all new developments use resources efficiently, minimising greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the quality of local life.
We will invest in a range of ‘green infrastructure’ projects, which will protect bio-diversity and wildlife, revitalise natural habitats and distinctive landscapes, and make best use of allotments, gardens and agricultural land.

Where are the new jobs coming from?


Many new jobs will be created to serve the new residential developments. For example teachers will be needed for the new schools and staff will be needed to work in the new shops. A lot of job growth will take place without taking up designated employment land as more people work in existing business permises or work from home. Research undertaken for the GNDP suggests the local economy had the potential to expand over the next 18 years.

How will existing infrastructure and services cope and what new infrastructure and services will be provided to support the growth?
All development will be accompanied by appropriate infrastructure provided in tandem with the development. In order to deliver this it will be essential for agencies to work together to provide services to support the development. Detailed work is going on the specify the exact infrastructure requirements of the strategy and indentify potential funding.

How will the accompanying infrastructure be paid for?


New infrastructure will be delivered using a variety of funding streams. This will include Government sources specifically targeted at delivery in areas of growth, existing funding streams for delivering major schemes as well as contributions from developers. Investment will be coordinated across a range of public agencies and utility providers to ensure best value for money.

How will traffic levels and congestion be affected by this growth?


We are planning for sustainable growth in the Norwich area, locating new developments in accessible places, developing a new high class system of public transport and ensuring that other infrastructure and services, like schools are also available. These measures will help to ensure that any traffic growth is kept to a minimum and is absorbed though sustainable modes of travel like public transport, walking and cycling. The Northern Distributor Road to the north of Norwich will provide opportunities to make improvements to traffic flow in the city centre.

What will the new communities look like?


All growth locations will be designed to be locally distinctive, healthy, sustainable communities. They should achieve a high level of self-containment while integrating well with existing communities. They will be designed around walking and cycling for local journeys and public transport for longer journeys. All development will be expected to maintain or enhance the quality of life and well-being of communities.