South Norfolk Village Clusters Housing Allocations Plan
South Norfolk Council is currently preparing a housing allocations document that will shape development within the district’s villages, identifying land for a minimum of 1,200 new homes. This plan will be called the South Norfolk Village Clusters Housing Allocations Plan (VCHAP).
The ‘South Norfolk Village Clusters Housing Allocation Plan’ (VCHAP) was published for public consultation between 7 June and 2 August 2021, under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
This public consultation provided an opportunity for members of the public and stakeholder bodies to provide views on the sites that had been promoted to us, the assessments undertaken so far, our suggestions for overarching policies that would apply to the allocated sites and the supporting evidence that helped us to prepare the emerging plan. During this process we also took the opportunity to review the existing development boundaries (or ‘settlement limits’) throughout the district and invited comments on these proposed changes.
You can still view the consultation document and supporting information, including responses that have been submitted, although this is no longer an open consultation and you will not be able to leave comments.
Our online exhibition, providing further background information relating to the plan, is also still available to view within our virtual exhibition hall.
The council is now reviewing the plan in light of the representations received. We are also currently assessing new sites that have been submitted as part of this consultation and we will need to carry out any further fact finding or evidence gathering that is necessary. Once this process is complete the council will prepare the final, proposed submission (or Regulation 19) version of the plan.
The public and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to comment on whether the proposed submission version of the plan meets the legal and policy compliance tests set out by government before it is submitted to the Secretary of State, for independent examination. Any representations made at this stage will be passed to the independent inspector who will examine the plan. The council is aiming to publish the pre-submission version of the plan in spring 2022 with the intention of submitting it to the Secretary of State in summer 2022.
Following its independent examination, the plan is expected to be finalised and adopted in 2023.