The Forum oversees the production of the Norfolk Strategic Planning Framework (NSPF) document on behalf of all the local planning authorities in Norfolk.
Local planning authorities, county councils and public bodies have a legal responsibility to work together on strategic matters when preparing Local Plans. This is called the Duty to Cooperate.
The NSPF provides a structure for tackling these planning issues across the county, especially those which have a strategic impact across local authority boundaries. It includes guidance relating to housing, economic growth, infrastructure and the environment. The NSPF informs the Local Plans produced by all the authorities.
The latest version of the NSPF was published in March 2018 after consultation in 2017. Download the latest version of the Norfolk Strategic Planning Framework.
As part of the wider effort to foster a closer collaboration between local planning authorities, and other health service organisations to plan for future growth and to promote health, an engagement protocol has been produced between local planning authorities, the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health Partners and Public Health Norfolk and Public Health Suffolk. Please find the latest version of the Planning in Health Protocol here.
The Government published a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in July 2018. It sets out that authorities should produce, maintain, and update one or more statement(s) of common ground throughout the plan making process. Read the full guidance on the gov.uk website.The NSPF has been updated in parts to meet the new requirements and the forum considered the document at the July 2019 meeting. Download the draft NSPF version recommended for endorsement.
A fuller review of the NSPF will be carried out in 2019, to take account of any new information including on housing needs and elderly housing.
The Forum has no executive powers. Decision making remains with each of the participating planning authorities. Read the full Terms of Reference of the Forum.
The forum brings elected Members from each authority together on a quarterly basis.