Neighbourhood Plan in rural Norfolk includes self build percentage policy

The recently adopted Neighbourhood Plan for Great Plumstead, Little Plumstead and Thorpe End Garden Village in Norfolk has set out a strategy for delivering more opportunities for people to build their own homes.

The Plan includes a policy that all new housing developments of 20 or more homes should consider allocating at least five per cent of the land as serviced plots. The team that assembled the plan discovered that many local residents were keen to self build, and most had found it difficult to find a plot. A separate consultation exercise conducted by Broadlands District Council in 2013 found that 23 per cent of all those keen to build in the district lived in the area covered by the Neighbourhood Plan.

The idea of introducing a ‘percentage policy’ like this was first established by Teigbridge District Council in Devon. This is thought to be one of the first examples of a similar policy being introduced into a Neighbourhood Plan.

The three main guiding principles behind the Great Plumstead, Little Plumstead and Thorpe End Garden Village Neighbourhood Plan were to deliver appropriate development that was mindful of local people’s needs, and was well designed. Support for more self build housing was seen as a key way of delivering this.

The plan was adopted with 96 per cent of local residents voting in favour of it.

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