Greater Norwich Local Plan

In accordance with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) and Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), the Greater Norwich Development Partnership is inviting comments on the proposed Main Modifications to the GNLP. 

The GNLP was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in July 2021 for examination.  Examination hearings, led by independent Inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State, took place during 2022 and 2023.  As set out in the hearing sessions, there are a number of main modifications required to the Plan in order for the Inspectors to consider it sound and legally compliant.  Schedules of proposed Main Modifications have been prepared and the Partnership has been notified by the Inspectors that the consultation on the modifications can proceed.

The consultation will commence at midday on Wednesday 25 October 2023 and conclude at midday on Wednesday 6 December 2023.

The proposed Main Modifications to the GNLP are those which the Inspectors consider are necessary to make the GNLP sound and/or legally compliant.  They are proposed without prejudice to the Inspectors’ final conclusions on the GNLP which will take account of representations submitted in response to this consultation.  The Main Modifications have been subject to updated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment which are also available to comment on along with Policies Map changes. 

Representations relating to the Main Modifications should be made regarding legal compliance and soundness issues only.  This is not an opportunity to raise again matters relating to other parts of the submitted GNLP that have already been considered by the Inspectors during the Examination or to submit further evidence.  The Inspectors will only consider representations which relate specifically to the proposed Main Modifications and the other consultation documents before reaching their final conclusions on the Plan.

Alongside the consultation documents, the Partnership is publishing Additional Modifications which it intends to make on adoption of the GNLP, along with other documents for information only.  These are outside the scope of the Main Modifications consultation and comments are not invited on them.  They do not form part of the Inspectors’ examination of the Plan.    

Where you can view the consultation documents

The consultation documents will be available to view on the GNLP website at  Hard copies will be available for public viewing during normal office hours at the following locations:

  • Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council offices, The Horizon Centre, Broadland Business Park, Peachman Way, Norwich NR7 0WF. Mon. – Fri. 08.30 – 17.00 (by appointment).
  • Norwich City Council, City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich NR2 1NH (main entrance – please ask to be directed.  Mon. – Fri. 08.45 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 17.00);
  • Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH (by appointment); and
  • South Norfolk information point at The Octagon, Mere Street, Diss IP22 4AH (Mon. – Fri. 09.00 – 17.00).

Contact the GNLP team using the details below to make an appointment. You can also view the consultation documents in Norfolk libraries using their computers.

How to make representations

Our preferred way, and the easiest and most efficient, is to receive representations online using our consultation  Alternatively, you can submit a response form by email or post:  either download a response form from our website or contact us by email ( or by telephone (01603 306603) to request one.

General Enquiries: 01603 306603