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Anyone concerned about how the borough will be developed over the next 15 years is being encouraged to read and submit representations on a review of the Local Plan.

The document will be used as a blue-print when deciding planning applications up to 2036 and must be kept up-to-date with reviews every five years.

West Norfolk Council’s Local Plan review draft is set to be discussed by cabinet on Thursday and if it’s approved, it will be published and representations sought.

Any representations made will be sent to an independent planning inspector, appointed by the Planning Inspectorate, ahead of the plan being formally scrutinised. 

Once complete, the planning inspector will determine whether the plan is sound.

A council spokesman said: “Notable changes within the plan are that 539 homes per year for the next 20 years are now required to be built, which is far fewer than the original 700 homes per year required in 2016 plan. 

“There are only two new sites allocated in this local plan – one in Marham and one in Terrington St Clement (other sites are being carried forward). Some sites within the 2016 plan will be de-allocated as they are not being brought forward for development and are no longer required to meet the council’s five-year housing land supply or housing need requirement.”

Richard Blunt, cabinet member for development and regeneration, said: “This is a really crucial stage and we would urge anyone with any views on the development of the area over the next 15 years to take a look at the review of the local plan and make their comments. 

“This is not a consultation but an opportunity to make representations to the Planning Inspector on the plan the council has produced. 

“I can’t impress enough on people how important it is to get involved at this stage. 

“Once it is determined as sound and fully adopted by the council, then there is nothing that can be done. It will be the document against which planning applications will be judged.” 

The review incorporates a host of supporting documents which include policies on environmental impact, flood risk, settlement boundaries, affordable housing and custom/self-build.

They will be available at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk