The District Council is now reviewing the Norfolk Strategic Planning framework and Joint Inclusive Growth Strategy. Some interesting facts have emerged. 

Population of Norfolk in 2016 – 891,000 projected to be 985,000 in 2036 – 10 pct increase.

• Population of South Norfolk – 133,000 in 2016 – 156,000 in 2036 – 18pct increase

• 88 pct of the total population growth between 2016 and 2036 is in the over 65s category.

target for new housing by 2036 – 140,000 houses. With South Norfolk one of the best performing councils for providing affordable housing.

• South Norfolk and Broadland councils have confirmed that all executive positions are now filled and all departments geared up for further cooperation.

• Chicken Roundabout wild flowers has been a notable success. We have recommended that the Highways and County Council consider making the new Hempnall roundabout wild flower also

• Western Link – The County Council has recommended and support the Option C for the Norwich Western Link. Full details are on the web site, but along with the environmental objections there is the question of who is going to pay for it.

• Gutters on the A143 between the chicken roundabout and Ellingham have been sorted out.

• South Norfolk and Broadlands are reviewing their individual waster disposal policies, with the aim of having a joint policy.

We still have some funds available within the Member’s ward funding for local community groups, etc. for grants of £100+. Details on Council website. Any groups interested should email us.

Brendon Bernard District Councillor For Ditchingham and Earsham Ward.
T. 01986 893240
E. brendonbernard@me.com