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Group seeks to write planning policy for north city area

A group of Norwich residents is proposing a project that would give local people a say in what kind of developments can be built locally.

The ‘Norwich Over The Wensum Neighbourhood Forum’ has applied to the council to be designated as a neighbourhood planning body for the area to the north of the city centre. This would allow local residents and workers to write a plan setting out what they would like to see built in the area, a role that can normally only be performed by the city council.

Since becoming formally constituted at a meeting in November 2021, the forum’s administrative committee has been applying for funding, and looking at ways for the group to engage with the local community.

Secretary of the forum, Simeon Jackson says: “We’re planning to hold a series of consultation events to garner the view of the local community, and to form a vision for this area that everyone can get behind.

Chair Judith Ford adds: “Even within our administrative committee, there have been differing views on how significant sites within the area, such as Anglia Square, should be developed.  Through this forum, we hope to create a space for healthy debate, so that we can zero-in on exactly what compromises are necessary to meet the needs and wishes of the entire community.”

The process for writing neighbourhood plans like these is set out in the Localism Act 2011.  After being written by the local community, the plan would be examined by the Planning Inspectorate to check it is consistent with national and local planning rules.

Ultimately, it would be adopted following a public referendum, with all those living and working within the area eligible to vote in the referendum.

A consultation on whether the forum meets the requirements of neighbourhood planning body is underway, closing on 25th March.

Information about the forum can be found at https://www.norwichoverthewensum.org.uk/

Notes:

  1. The neighbourhood forum currently has 50 members, including residents, people who work in the area, and ward councillors.

Contact for further information:

Simeon Jackson (Secretary): 07816231009
Judith Ford (Chair): judithmfd@gmail.com 

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