The existing Local Plan and the emerging Local Plan
The City of Norwich replacement local plan (RLP) was adopted in November 2004. It contains the policies and proposals for development in the city. The RLP provides policy guidance for developers and the council’s own development management service on where and what kind of development may be permitted.
Some adopted RLP policies have since been deleted. There are four reasons for this:
1. Due to national changes in the planning system, in November 2007 some RLP policies were deleted in agreement with the Government Office.
2. The RLP is gradually being superseded by the emerging Local Plan. Two Local Plan development plan documents have been adopted. These are the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) for Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk (though part of the strategy affecting Broadland district is currently subject to a legal challenge) and the Northern City Centre Area Action Plan (NCCAAP).These plans have superseded some further RLP policies, for example the RLP affordable housing policy.
3. Some policies have been assessed to be non-compliant with national policy in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and are no longer being applied after the first anniversary of its publication in March 2013.
4. Some policies are now redundant as the proposal to which they relate has been implemented.
The list of City of Norwich replacement local plan policies which remain in use from March 2013 is available here:
Remaining Local Plan policies in use (106 Kb pdf)
These remaining RLP policies form part of the development plan for Norwich, together with the Joint core strategy and the Northern city centre area action plan, until they are superseded by the emerging Local Plan documents, the Site allocations plan and the DM policies plan. These plans are due for submission in mid April 2013 and scheduled for adoption in late 2013/early 2014. National policy in the NPPF also applies and a separate schedule of compliance of each policy with the NPPF is available here:
Local Plan NPPF compliance (281 Kb pdf)
An interactive version of the Local Plan is available here (please be aware this includes deleted policies):
The next steps
Two further emerging Local Plan documents, the Site allocations plan and the Development management polices plan are in production. When these plans are adopted (scheduled for 2013), RLP policies will no longer apply.