INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY PLAN
- The SPO introduced the
Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) outlined in the Agenda Pack, and
noted that the full extensive document was still at the draft
stage. The contents of the IDP were based on the Local Plan and
would seek to benefit and promote the aspirations of the Local
Plan. Critical, essential and desirable elements were set out on
p.16 of the report. Other considerations included electric vehicle
charging points, costs and the provision of flood lighting,
GI/RAMS, amongst others. He reiterated that this was a live
document at the draft stage.
- Cllr P Heinrich was pleased that the
North Walsham Link was included within the IDP, something he
considered to be critical for the town and area. He enquired if the
whole road was to be encompassed.
- The SPO affirmed that the North
Walsham Link was considered critical to the plan.
- Cllr N Dixon expressed his
disappointment that the full draft document had not been provided
to Members prior to meeting nor was it available at the meeting by
consequence of unforeseen technical issues. He affirmed that he was
very interested to see the IDP, and considered its significant
importance to the delivery of the Local Plan. He commented on his
frustration that the Working Group had not had sight of its
progress for some time, and it was especially critical Members
review the document at this late stage of the process so close to
- The SPO advised that the was draft
document was not at a stage in which Officers felt comfortable to
share publicly, noting that discussions were taking place in a
public meeting which was being livestreamed.
- Cllr N Dixon stated that it was
essential that a tangible document be provided to Members so that
they may determine where the IDP sits alongside the Local Plan. He
reiterated that this was late in the process and that it was a key
weakness in the past that the appropriate infrastructure had not
been provided at the appropriate time. Cllr N Dixon reiterated his
disappointment and stated that he would draw confidence if he were
able to fully consider the document.
- Cllr L Withington noted that a
briefing had been held the week prior for the Coastal Transition
Accelerator Programme (CTAP) regarding the issue of coastal erosion
and asked if the IDP considered this matter.
- The PPM advised that the IDP related
to the infrastructure required to support the Local Plan and not
broader concerns. He affirmed that he did not expect Members to
agree to recommend the IDP at this stage, advising that this was an
introductory item which was for information only. The PPM stated
that there was a need for further debate on this matter at future
meetings once Members were in possession of the full set of
- The Chairman requested that such
information be provided before 2023, noting that the Local Plan had
been going on for a number of years.
- Cllr N Dixon asked if an early draft
may be provided before its inclusion on the agenda.
- The DSO advised that information
could be shared on the screen following a few minutes recess.
Members considered that they required IDP information in advance of
the meeting, and not simply at the meeting, so that they may have
time to fully consider.
- Cllr J Punchard noted S.2.2
(telecommunication) within the Officer’s report which he
considered to be critical to housing delivery, but commented that
he could not see further references to it within the document with
regards to the delivery schedule.
- The PPM reiterated the need for this
item to be brought back before Members once they had been afforded
time to consider the IDP documents.
- Cllr N Pearce supported comments
raised by Cllr N Dixon and expressed the need for infrastructure to
support the delivery and viability of housing within the
district. He agreed that detailed
information was required for Members to make an assessment.
- Cllr P Heinrich acknowledged the
importance of broadband connectivity and transportation issues
needed to be addressed in the IDP, reflecting on the situation in