In accordance with Regulation 10A of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2017 and paragraph 33 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019, from 6 April 2018 local planning authorities must review their local plan within five years of the date of adoption.
The purpose is to ensure that local plans are kept up to date and are responding to changing local needs and circumstances. The regulations state that, where an authority reviews a document but decides not to update it, they must publish their reasons.
Norwich City Council have undertaken a review of the Development Management Policies Local Plan 2014 and the Site Allocations and Site Specific Policies Local Plan 2014, taking account of relevant government guidance. This review was endorsed by Cabinet on 13 November 2019.
The review concludes that the policies and plans are fit for purpose at the present time however, it is recommended that a full review of the Development Management Policies Local Plan should commence following the Regulation 19 consultation of the Greater Norwich Local Plan.
The review also concludes that there is no need for a full review of the Site Allocations and Site Specific Policies Local Plan as this is currently being reviewed through the preparation of the Greater Norwich Local Plan.