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growth triangle area action plan

An Area Action Plan is being produced by the Council, which will set out how the area to the north east of Norwich known as the Growth Triangle should grow and develop over the next 15 years and beyond. Eventually the plan will become part of the planning policies for Broadland.

The Council submitted the Growth Triangle Area Action Plan (AAP) to the Secretary of State for independent examination in February 2015. The plan and all of the additional supporting documents which the Council submitted to the Secretary of State are available to view by following the relevant links at the bottom of this page.

Details of all of the duly made representations received in response to the publication of the plan are available to view on the Council's Consultation Portal.

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The Council has been advised by the Planning Inspector the timetable for the examination into the Council's Growth Triangle Area Action Plan DPD which is as follows:

  • Friday 12 June 2015 Representatives, or Agents to contact the Programme Officer if you wish to be added to speak at a hearing listed on the programme (and you have a duly made representation)
  • Friday 19 June 2015 deadline for submission to the Programme Officer of any additional statements
  • Tuesday 21 July 2015 Examination hearings open, and continue until Friday 24 July, at Broadland District Council Offices

Information relating to the hearing can be found within the examination evidence section "spatial planning examination evidence section E growth triangle are action plan"

what to do next...

Broadland District Council has appointed a Programme Officer, Mrs Annette Feeney to assist the inspector in the examination process and it is she who is now the first point of contact for any queries regarding the examination. Her details are as follows:
Mrs Annette Feeney
c/o Spatial Planning
Broadland District Council
Thorpe Lodge
1 Yarmouth Road

Tel: (01603) 430118


It is expected that an examination hearing by the inspector will be held later this year. Details of this will be made available when known. Further advice and guidance on the Examination procedure is available to view here

In addition, you can view the Growth Triangle AAP Submission documents in the documents section below. Here you can find the AAP December 2014 submission draft, but for completeness please also refer to the Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications and Proposed Additional Modifications that the planning inspector will have the option of making if he/she deems them necessary. 

Further evidence relating to the production of the Growth Triangle AAP can be found by following the relevant links in the 'related pages' section below. 

further information

The part of the Greater Norwich Joint Core Strategy (JCS) which relates to the Growth Triangle was adopted as planning policy in January 2014. The JCS identifies the Growth Triangle as a major urban extension providing a concentration of growth which can support local services, facilities and infrastructure including secondary education, high quality public transport links and significant green infrastructure.

The Growth Triangle is expected to deliver a minimum of 7,000 new homes by 2026, rising to at least 10,000 thereafter, a 25 hectare extension to Broadland Business Park, 25 hectares of land for employment at Rackheath and a range of smaller employment opportunities delivered alongside the new homes. The Growth Triangle includes the area north of Rackheath village promoted as an eco-community under the previous Government’s eco-towns programme. A link to the JCS is provided under the external links section on this page.

A significant proportion of the development planned for the Growth Triangle already benefits from planning permission. This includes: 600 homes, local shops, a community building and open space at Brook Farm north of Dussindale; 21 hectares, or 57,500square metres, of employment space north of the developed part of Broadland Business Park; and, 21.5, or over 64,000 square metres, of employment space and related uses to the east of Broadland Business Park. Broadland has also resolved to grant planning permission for a new sustainable urban extension of 3,520 homes, 16,800square metres of employment space and a wide range of services, facilities and open space in North Sprowston and Old Catton.

Key supporting infrastructure is being pro-actively planned. For example, work began on capacity improvements to Postwick Junction in May 2014, and the construction of improved cycle links between Norwich and Salhouse Road, as part of the Norwich Cycle City Ambition Programme, are due to be completed in 2015. A schedule of planned infrastructure improvements is included as an appendix to the AAP