30/11/17: Another step forward for Breckland growth blueprint

Breckland Council's draft Local Plan, a blueprint for growth in the district to meet housing, employment and infrastructure needs to 2036, has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council Executive Member for Growth, said: "This is one of the most important documents that we have produced as a council. It has involved a lot of detailed work and wide-reaching consultation with residents, businesses, and local organisations to reach our proposals on housing numbers, growth distribution and site options. When approved, the Local Plan will help to shape how our district grows and will help to meet local people's needs as far as possible."

The plan seeks to deliver more than 15,000 new homes during its lifetime, which will run until 2036 and is back-dated to 2011. Most of these houses have already either been built or have had planning permission granted. This leaves a balance of approximately 5,000 homes which still need to have planning permission granted and be built, to achieve the required target through to 2036

The plan also allocates 64 hectares (approx. 158 acres) of employment land to meet economic need and support new jobs in the district, and seeks to protect existing and deliver new areas of open space. New or improved infrastructure to support the employment and retail growth is detailed in the accompanying Infrastructure Delivery Plan.  

Cllr Bambridge continued: "Growth is vital for the district to develop and thrive. We want to see the creation of new homes and jobs for local people and our Local Plan will help to make sure the district's development brings the greatest benefits to our communities."

Following submission, an independent Planning Inspector will consider whether Breckland's draft Plan is sound and legally compliant. The comments about the draft Local Plan, which were received during the pre-submission period earlier this year, will be considered by the Inspector together with the draft Plan.

It is likely that an Examination in Public will be held in early 2018 and the Inspector may call on some of the individuals and organisations who submitted representations to attend the hearing sessions if further information or clarification is needed.

If the Inspector agrees the plan is sound, it is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted by Breckland Council in late summer 2018.

Last updated: 30/04/2018 13:37:19