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growth triangle area action plan

The Old Catton, Sprowston, Rackheath, Thorpe St. Andrew Growth Triangle Area Action Plan (AAP) was adopted on 4 July 2016. The document forms part of the statutory Development Plan for the district.

The AAP sets out strategic policies and allocates land to meet the requirements of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS). The JCS requires the Growth Triangle to deliver a minimum of 7,000 new homes by 2026, rising to at least 10,000 homes thereafter, as well as new employment land at the Broadland Business Park and at Rackheath and a range of other supporting services, facilities and infrastructure.

The AAP was published from 4 August to 19 September 2014 (during which time formal representations were submitted) and subsequently submitted to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination on 11 February 2015. The examination in public was held between 21 and 23 July 2015 by an Independent Planning Inspector. The Council received and published the Inspectorís report on the examination into the proposed Growth Triangle AAP in May 2016. Modifications were made to the document and a resolution made to adopt the Plan at the Council meeting of 28 June 2016, with the Plan being adopted on 4 July 2016. 

There now follows a period of six weeks whereby a challenge to the adopted Plan can be made through an application to the High Court on the grounds that the Plan is not in accordance with the legislation and or does not comply with a procedural requirement. The deadline for making a legal challenge is 15 August 2016.

Further details can be found within the Adoption Statement (which includes details of the modifications made to the Plan), located in the documents section, below.

what to do next...

  • View the adopted Growth Triangle AAP, the Adoption Statement and key supporting documentation in the documents section. 
  • View the Inspectorís Report in the documents section.  
  • The above documents are also available to view at Broadland District Councilís offices and at local libraries in Broadland (as well as at the Millennium Library and the Plumstead Road Library in Norwich). Please visit for details of library locations and opening hours.
  • View documents relating to the wider Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment of the Growth Triangle AAP examination evidence

further information

The part of the Greater Norwich 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, increasing to at least 10,000 thereafter, an extension to the 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 that was once promoted as an eco-community under the Governmentís eco-towns programme.

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 57,500 square metres, of employment space north of the developed part of the Broadland Business Park; and 21.5 hectares, 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, 16,800 square 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 has completed on capacity improvement to Postwick Junction and construction is underway of the Northern Distributor Road (NDR). A series of cycle-link improvements is underway and more is planned as part of the Norwich City Cycle Ambition Programme. A full schedule of planning infrastructure improvements is included as an appendix to the Area Action Plan.

related pages

spatial planning examinations

spatial planning examination evidence

spatial planning examination correspondence

(emerging) local plan

joint core strategy

external links

broadland planning portal

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Spatial Planning Team
Broadland District Council
Thorpe Lodge
1 Yarmouth Road
Thorpe St Andrew
Norwich NR7 0DU
tel: 01603 430558