This page provides information on the development plan used to make planning decisions in Norwich and emerging planning policy.
The City of Norwich Replacement Local Plan (RLP) and Joint core strategy (JCS) for Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk and the Northern City Centre Area Action Plan are currently used to make planning decisions in Norwich, along with national and regional policy.
The RLP is gradually being replaced by the emerging Local Plan. In March 2011, the JCS became the most recent part of the emerging Local Plan to be adopted. More information on the development plan can be found below.
National policy and guidance
The government publishes national planning guidance and policy documents, research and statistics. The National Planning Policy Framework is used to help make planning decisions and to inform the council’s own local planning policy. Further information is available from the following links:
Although the government has stated its intention to revoke the Regional spatial strategy (RSS), the East of England plan, it remains part of the development plan for Norwich. This will remain the case until the revocation process is formally completed. The RSS is available here
The Norfolk structure plan
, was prepared by Norfolk County Council and adopted in October 1999. Although the structure plan ceased to have effect as a development plan in 2007, a number of its policies have been 'saved': EC.10, T.2, T.17 and RC.8. It is envisaged that these remaining saved policies will subsequently be replaced by further policies contained in the emerging Local Plan.
The Norfolk minerals local plan
, was prepared by Norfolk County Council and reviewed in January 2004. This contains planning policies to guide development related to the winning and working of minerals in Norfolk. The Norfolk waste local plan
, was prepared by Norfolk County Council and adopted in December 2000. This contains planning policies to guide development related to the disposal and management of waste in Norfolk.
These plans will be superseded by the new Minerals and waste development framework now being prepared by the county council. The first part of the framework, the Core Strategy and Minerals and Waste Development Management Policies
, was adopted in September 2011 and supersedes parts of the local plans. Site allocation documents are under production and on adoption (scheduled for late 2012) the local plans will be completely superseded.
The City of Norwich Replacement Local Plan (RLP) was adopted in November 2004. It provides guidance for developers and the council's own development management service on where and what kind of development may be permitted in the city. It has detailed planning policies for the city and allocates uses for particular sites. These policies are gradually being superseded by the emerging Local Plan. A table of policies currently in use can be found below.
Some planning policies are explained in more detail through additional guidance. The council has adopted supplementary planning guidance and supplementary planning documents to do this.
The emerging Local Plan
The emerging Local Plan is a suite of planning policy documents to guide and manage new development in the city of Norwich.
Norwich City Council adopted the Joint core strategy
(JCS) for Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk in March 2011. The plan forms part of the emerging Local Plan
for Norwich. It contains strategic policies covering the period 2008-26 and replaces relevant parts of the City of Norwich Replacement Local Plan
(RLP) and its proposals map. The plan area is the districts of Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk, excluding those areas administered by the Broads Authority.Link to the emerging Local Plan
Below are links to the timetable to produce new policies (the Local development scheme), a code of practice on how the council will involve people in producing planning policies (the Statement of community involvement), and regular monitoring reports (the Annual monitoring report and Retail and shops monitor report).