What gets built and where

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CPRE Norfolk campaigns to protect and enhance the Norfolk countryside. We support the provision of new housing of the right kind, especially truly affordable housing, if built in the right places.

However, we have grave concerns over the impact of excessive housing targets on the character of our county. These targets are dictated by central government and set by local authorities. Meeting these targets will lead to a significant loss of countryside, a reduction in rural tranquillity, increased light pollution and traffic levels. This will have a negative impact on nature, leading to climate change.

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Housing targets

All of Norfolk’s District and Borough Councils have increased housing targets with the Greater Norwich area facing the prospect of an especially high level of new development.

For example, the new local plan proposed for Broadland, South Norfolk and Norwich (Greater Norwich Local Plan – GNLP) provides for a minimum of 49,492 houses to be built by 2038.

We are campaigning to reduce housing targets across Norfolk in an alliance with local community groups concerned about the impact on their communities.

Our positive solutions really do offer a better way forward.

CPRE Norfolk wants to see

  • Sites allocated for housing in existing plans developed before any new sites can be opened up for construction
    In the Greater Norwich area alone there are sites for over 30,000 houses which have not yet been built. This phased approach to housing is plain common sense and has won widespread support from parish and town councils
  • A Brownfield first policy
    With special attention given to converting redundant shops and offices to residential use.
  • An end to plans to build new settlements in the countryside
    Such as the “Garden Village” proposed for the area between Billingford, Bintree and North Elmham.
  • Prioritisation of the provision of social, affordable housing
    Provide housing for those most in need.
  • Stricter building regulations
    To ensure that all new buildings are carbon neutral.

Our proposals would

  • reduce Greenfield development
  • tackle land banking
  • prevent the establishment of new settlements in the countryside
  • provide housing for those most in need
  • help combat climate change
  • revitalise our ailing town centres
Surely a more attractive future than that offered by the volume house builders.

Read our housing position statement

The Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP)

The Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) is being consulted on until 22 March 2021, with comments welcomed on matters relating to the soundness of the plan and its legal compliance.

CPRE Norfolk is concerned about various aspects of the plan and has lodged its submission.

View a two-page summary

View the full submission
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