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'Get local plan views in early', West Norfolk residents urged

People in West Norfolk are being urged to have their say on council chiefs’ vision for future housing development in West Norfolk.

A proposed review of the borough’s local plan, covering the period from now until 2036, was backed by cabinet members earlier this month.

And, if it is approved at a full council meeting on July 8, representations will be sought thereafter, as part of a public examination process, which will be led by a government-appointed inspector.

Planning Applications (1887694)
Planning Applications (1887694)

Richard Blunt, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for development, said yesterday: “This is a really crucial stage and we would urge anyone with any views on the development of the area over the next 15 years, to take a look at the review of the local plan, and make comments.

“This is an opportunity to make representations to the Planning Inspector on the plan the council has produced. The inspector will then review all the documents and the representations before determining whether the Local Plan is sound.”

Under the revised plan, the number of houses expected to be built annually is set to fall from around 700 per year to 539.

King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (43755272)
King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (43755272)

The document envisages around 70 per cent of new housing will be focused on a “growth corridor” between the A10 and the borough’s rail line.

But officials say that only two new sites are being allocated in this local plan - one in Marham and one in Terrington St Clement, though others are being carried forward from the existing framework.

A number of other sites are also expected to be removed from the plan, as the authority believes they are not needed because of the available supply of housing land.

Mr Blunt added: “I can’t impress enough on people how important it is to get involved at this stage.

“If you care about the way your area may be developed in the future, you need to look at this plan and now and make representations.

“Once it is determined as sound and fully adopted by the council, then there is nothing that can be done.

“It will be the document against which planning applications will be judged. I would urge everyone to take the time to have a look and submit their representations.”

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