GNDP's news release on the their Policy Group meeting 23rd September
The Policy Group of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP), which is made up of elected members and leaders of Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council, South Norfolk District Council, and Norfolk County Council met on 23 September 2010, to discuss the next steps for the Joint Core Strategy (JCS). The JCS sets out a long term programme of development for the Greater Norwich Area.
The Policy Group will recommend to their individual councils they should proceed with the JCS, subject to the focused changes that have recently undergone consultation, with the exception of proposed changes relating to the Old Catton, Sprowston, Rackheath, Thorpe St Andrew growth triangle. They also agreed to review the Strategy in a timely way to ensure that it continues to be compatible with the wider political and financial context.
A spokesman for the GNDP said:
“The JCS sets out guidelines for carefully managed growth in the Greater Norwich area that will protect local communities from unwanted opportunistic development. However, the GNDP acknowledges that since the Strategy was prepared the political and financial context has changed such that delivery may be more challenging. Consequently, we are committing to a timely review to revisit assumptions in light of emerging changes to the planning system, the localism agenda and the availability of investment. A timetable and plan for this review will be presented to the next Policy Group meeting on 16 December.”
All a bit bland really but the significance of the withdrawing of the proposed changes to the Old Catton, Sprowston, Rackheath, Thorpe St Andrew Growth Triangle should not go unnoticed as it proves that local people CAN and DO make a difference if they take the time and energy to respond to opportunities for consultation.