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Consultation closed: Purpose-built student accommodation

Purpose-built student accommodation in Norwich: Evidence and best practice advice note (2019)

Consultation closed 11 August 2019


The council is in the process of drafting an evidence and best practice advice note relating to purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Norwich.

In the last couple of years there has been a significant increase in applications for PBSA as well as other forms of student accommodation. A commitment was made in the Local Development Scheme for Norwich in October 2018, to prepare this guidance to inform planning applications.

Current national planning policy (NPPF 2018) requires local planning authorities to plan for sufficient student accommodation whether communal halls or self-contained dwellings, on or off campus. It emphasises the benefits of low-cost accommodation to relieve pressure from the private rented sector. Engagement between higher education Institutions and plan makers is encouraged.

Consultation document

The aim of the advice note is to better understand the current and projected level of need for student accommodation in Norwich and to guide both applicants and decision makers in the delivery of appropriate PBSA.

Draft PBSA advice note

Copies of the consultation document will also be available in City Hall and in the Forum.

How to comment

The consultation commences on Monday 1 July and ends at 5pm on Sunday 11 August 2019. Late responses will not be considered.

Please submit your comments by one of the following ways:

  • By email to: LDF@norwich.gov.uk
  • In writing to: Norwich City Council Planning Service, City Hall, St Peter’s Street, Norwich NR2 1NH

Representations cannot be made anonymously. Please provide your name, company name (if applicable) and your client’s name / company (if applicable). Please note that your representations will be made publicly available along with your name.

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What happens next

All consultation comments will be assessed and taken into consideration in a revised version of the document to be considered by cabinet.

It is anticipated that the final document will be adopted in autumn 2019.