The Greater Norwich Development Partnership intend to change the status of the NE Norwich Growth Triangle from a 'strategic location' to a 'strategic allocation'. Just what does this mean? In the Statement of Focussed Changes document they certainly don't go to much trouble to explain exactly why they want to do this and what the implications of this change might be:
"The reclassification of the Old Catton, Sprowston, Rackheath, Thorpe St Andrew
Growth Triangle as a “strategic allocation” rather than a “strategic location”. This
would mean that future work could be progressed through a Supplementary
Planning Document (SPD) instead of an Area Action Plan (AAP). This is supported
by a new concept statement to be included as an appendix to the Strategy. This will
provide a firmer basis to move forward with more detailed planning policies."
The reason they want to make this change is that it will enable them to make any change they want to the growth triangle plans over the next twenty years or so without further public consultation. That is what a Supplementary Planning Document would allow them to do and that is why they want it - they will have total control of a very large area of Norfolk for a long period of time. Simple.
You have the opportunity to comment on the GNDP proposals up until the 30th August - visit the page on their website entitled Statement of Focussed Changes to find out how to make your representation. It is cumbersome and cleverly designed to force you into giving only the answers they want. You will have to write separately if you wish to complain about the Supplementary Planning Document proposals and at the same time it might be worth questioning why this consultation is taking place in August. Most of the Parish Council will not be meeting and many people will be away on holiday thereby reducing the opportunities for response dramatically.
Please send your letters to:
Greater Norwich Development PartnershipPO Box 3466NorwichNR7 7NX