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Biodiversity Strategy 2022-32


1.1 Development Management Policies and Plans

a) Current Development Management Policies

Policy DM3 Delivering high quality design
All new development will be expected to make appropriate provision for both the protection of existing and the provision of new green infrastructure as an integral part of the overall design which complements and enhances the development.

Policy DM6 Natural environmental assets
Development is expected to take all reasonable opportunities to avoid harm to and protect and enhance the natural environment of Norwich and its setting, including both sites and species.

Policy DM7 Trees and development
Trees and significant hedge and shrub masses should be retained as an integral part of the design of development except where their long-term survival would be compromised by their age or physical condition or there are exceptional and overriding benefits in accepting their loss.

b)  Future Proposed Development Plan Policies

Greater Norwich Local Plan 
The Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) is in two parts - the Strategy and Sites Plan. The Strategy outlines the broad approach to housing and jobs growth, along with policies to ensure sustainability, protect our environment and provide infrastructure. 

The Sites Plan identifies the sites which we propose to allocate to meet housing and employment needs to 2038, as well as the allocations we propose to carry forward from the current Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk local plans. At this point the Sites Plan excludes villages within South Norfolk which will be addressed through a separate housing sites allocation document and will form part of the development plan for the area

Supplementary Planning Document 
A supplementary planning document will be produced to give guidance to developers around the requirement for at least 10% biodiversity net gain, currently expected at the end of 2023.

1.2  Associated Policies, Strategies and Plans 

a)  Associated policies, strategies and action plans owned by Norwich City Council:

  • Environmental Commitment Policy Statement 
  • Environmental Strategy 
  • Environmental Action Plan 
  • Strategic Asset Management Framework March 2022
  • Asset management strategy for housing
  • Parks and open spaces 
  • Allotments and cemeteries
  • Trees
  • Pesticide use 
  • Nutrient Neutrality 
  • Climate change adaption
  • Carbon management plan
  • Water reduction 
  • Waste reduction and recycling

b)  Policies, strategies and plans owned by external actors:

  • Greater Norwich Infrastructure Plan 
  • Greater Norwich Green Infrastructure Strategy
  • Norfolk Green Infrastructure and Recreational Impact Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (GIRAMS)
  • National Planning Policy Framework  
  • HM Government 25 Year Environment Plan 
  • River Wensum Strategy 
  • Local Nature Recovery Strategies
  • Species Conservation Strategies
  • Protected Site Strategies 
  • Norfolk Strategic Planning Framework 
  • The Broads Plan 2022-2027
  • Water Resources East Emerging Water Resources Regional Plan 2022
  • The outputs of the Good Economy Commission

1.3  Proposed strategic partners and interested parties

Strategic partners

  • Norfok Councty Council
  • Norfolk and Suffolk Nature Recovery Partnership
  • Norwich Fringe Project
  • Broadland District Council and South Norfolk District Council
  • Breckland Council
  • Broads Authority
  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust
  • Woodland Trust
  • RSPB
  • The National Trust
  • Broadland Housing Association
  • Cotman Housing Association
  • Clarion Housing
  • Flagship Housing Association
  • Orbit Housing Association 
  • Orwell Housing Association
  • Saffron Housing
  • Sage Homes

Strategic planning and funding organisations

  • The Council Executive, Administration and Councillors
  • River Wensum Strategy Partnership
  • Norwich City Vision Partnership
  • Norfolk Strategic Planning Group
  • Greater Norwich Growth Board
  • 2040 City Vision Business Leaders’ Group

Interested parties

Local interested parties

  • Residents
  • Children and young people
  • Biodiversity champions
  • Citizen scientists

Community groups with an interest in biodiversity including:

  • Mousehold Heath Defenders
  • BTCV in Norwich
  • The Plantation Garden Committee
  • Greenhouse Trust
  • Norwich Over the Wensum Neighbourhood Forum
  • King Street Neighbours
  • Friends of Train Wood
  • Friends of West Earlham Woods
  • Friends of Strawberry Field
  • LTC Green Spaces
  • Norfolk Rivers Trust
  • Norfolk and Norwich Naturalist Society
  • Friends of Earlham Cemetery
  • Faith Groups
  • The Floral Project Scrapbox 
  • The Island Community Group
  • Green Care Network
  • The Norwich Society
  • Schools, Colleges and Higher Education Institutions
  • The Council Executive, Administration and Councillors
  • 2040 City Vision Business Leaders’ Group
  • Norwich City Services Ltd
  • Garden Centres
  • University of East Anglia
  • Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership
  • Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service
  • River Wensum Strategy Partnership
  • Norwich City Vision Partnership
  • Norfolk Strategic Planning Group
  • Wild East
  • Greater Norwich Growth Board
  • Norwich Climate Change Commission
  • Norfolk Chambers of Commerce Climate Leaders Group
  • Norwich Business Improvement District
  • Norwich Health and Wellbeing Partnership
  • Representation from the Greater Norwich Sport & Physical Activity Strategy

Campaign groups:

  • Friends of the Earth
  • Greenpeace
  • Extinction Rebellion

Regional and national interested parties:

  • Water Resource East
  • Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Office for Environmental Protection
  • Natural England
  • Environment Agency
  • Forestry Commission
  • Forestry England

11.4 The National Nature Recovery Network

The national Nature Recovery Network proposed aims are:

  • Halt the decline in species abundance by 2030;
  • Increase species abundance by at least 10% by 2042, compared to 2030 levels ;
  • Improve the England-level GB Red List Index for species extinction risk by 2042, compared to 2022 levelsxiv;
  • Restore 75% of protected sites on land (including freshwaters) to favourable condition so nature can thrivexiv;
  • Create or restore 500,000 hectares of additional wildlife-rich habitat outside of protected sites by 2042, compared to 2022 levelsxiv;
  • Recover threatened and iconic animal and plant species by providing more, diverse and better-connected habitats;
  • Support work to increase woodland cover and
  • Achieve a range of environmental, economic and social benefits, such as carbon capture, flood management, clean water, pollination and recreation.
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