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growth triangle area action plan

An Area Action Plan (AAP) 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 develop over the next 15 years and beyond.  Eventually the Area Action Plan will become part of the planning policies for Broadland.

The Council submitted the Area Acton Plan to the Secretary of State for independent examination in February 2015. A public hearing relating to the submitted plan then took place between 21st and 23rd July 2015. As requested by the Inspector, the Council is now consulting on further possible modifications, following the public hearing. The results of this consultation will assist the Inspector in deciding whether or not the document is sound and legally compliant.

Comments are sought specifically on the possible main modifications to the Area Action Plan. A Schedule of Proposed Main and Additional Modifications has been produced, detailing the proposed modifications, and forms the basis for this consultation. An addendum to the AAP Sustainable Appraisal has also been produced to assess the impact of the potential main modifications and is published alongside the Schedule of Proposed Modifications as a means to inform representations and plan finalisation. Further supporting documents, in the form of a Transport Assessment and a Habitat Regulations Assessment addendum have also been published.

Comments on the possible modifications must be made in writing anytime between 9:00 am on Wednesday 10th February to Wednesday 23rd March 2016. Any comments submitted will be available to view by the public, including those submitted via the Consultation Portal

what to do next...

  • View the proposed modifications to the AAP, and related documents, using the Council’s Consultation Portal.
  • Alternatively, view the consultation document in the documents section below.
  • You can also view the document at the Broadland District Council offices, if you wish (opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5pm) or at libraries in the district, as well as the Plumstead Road Library and the Millennium Library in Norwich.
  • For further background information, view the Growth Triangle AAP submission documents in Section C of the evidence submitted to the Inspector.
  • Hard copies of the documents that were submitted to the inspector can also be viewed at the Broadland District Council offices and libraries referred to above.
  • View further evidence relating to the production of the Growth Triangle AAP in the ‘spatial planning examination evidence’ pages.
  • Visit our Consultation Portal to view representations relating to previous stages of consultation on the emerging local plan. Representations submitted as part of this consultation will also be available to view on the Portal

programme officer

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


Further advice and guidance on the Examination procedure is available from the Planning Inspectorate website

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 Government’s 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.