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growth triangle area action plan

The proposed Growth Triangle Area Action Plan for Broadland is now nearing completion.

Broadland District Council has now received and published the Inspector’s Report relating to the Growth Triangle Area Action Plan, which concludes that, with the recommended main modifications, the Growth Triangle Area Action Plan satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of the 2004 Act and meets the criteria for soundness in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Inspector’s Report is available to view in the ‘documents’ section below and is also available for inspection at the Council offices. Copies of the report have also been placed 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.

The Growth Triangle Area Action Plan will shortly be considered for adoption by the District Council.  Once adopted, there will then follow a period of six weeks whereby a challenge to the Plan can be made by 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.

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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.

The Growth Triangle Area Action Plan was published from 4 August and 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. Following the examination, several modifications were proposed which were subject to public consultation between 10 February and 23 March 2016. The results of this consultation have been taken into account by the Inspector in producing her report.

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