29/11/19: Blueprint for Breckland's growth given green light by councillors

A plan which outlines how Breckland will grow beyond the next decade has been approved by district councillors.

At a meeting of full Council today (28 November), Breckland Council members voted to adopt the proposed Local Plan. It sets out the policies which will be used to determine planning applications and identifies sites across the district which will be developed to meet housing, retail and employment requirements through until 2036. By identifying and allocating land for housing and businesses, which is needed to meet demand for housing and jobs, the Local Plan will give the Council more control of the location of these developments and will reduce the likelihood of ad-hoc development. The Local Plan has been in production since 2014 and subject to several public consultations, scrutiny by an independent planning inspector, and feedback from expert bodies such as Natural England, the Highways Authority, Historic England and the Environment Agency.

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council Executive Member for Planning, commented: "Adopting a Local Plan means we have mapped out where we expect houses and new businesses to go over the coming years, taking into account comments from local people plus expert organisations which lead on roads, waterways and conservation. "This means the council and residents are able to take greater control over how the district develops so we can make informed, strategic decisions. For example, we can place houses close to essential services and businesses near key infrastructure, rather than allowing piecemeal, unstructured development."

Having approved the adoption of the Local Plan, councillors also heard how the council now has an identified five-year land supply. This is a set of specific sites sufficient to meet demand for housing over the coming five years. Having a five-year land supply gives the council greater control when considering planning applications for new housing, particularly on sites outside of areas defined in the Local Plan. 

The new Local Plan will be used through until 2036, however to make sure it remains up to date the Council will be required to review key areas of the Plan including the housing requirement and development strategy.

Last updated: 28/11/2019 14:22:58