The character of South Norfolk
Norfolk constituency takes in some of the most beautiful rural
landscapes in East Anglia. The area is widely recognised as one of the
most unspoilt parts of Norfolk, whose market towns fill with shoppers on
market day and the picturesque villages boast many
ancient churches, thatched cottages and welcoming pubs.
Covering some 350 square
miles, South Norfolk stretches from the southern fringe of Norwich down
to the Suffolk border.
The bulk of the population is to the north, in
the suburban areas of Norwich (such as Old Costessey and Cringleford) whilst further south,
the area becomes more sparsely populated and rural in nature.
South Norfolk is home to more than 100 small parishes and approximately
51 conservation areas.
This ensures its gentle and picturesque
countryside is preserved for future generations.
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The South Norfolk economy
South Norfolk is a surprisingly diverse area to live and work in.
The influence of Norwich on the area's economic activity is strong,
given that around half of the economically active residents of South
Norfolk are employed there.
There over 4,000 employers in South Norfolk, with over 75% employing
five or less people. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital,
South Norfolk District Council and the Norfolk Constabulary
Headquarters are amongst the large public sector employers.
There are also a significant number of large private sector
employers, primarily in the automotive, electronics, engineering,
manufacturing and retail sectors.
Although land use in
the district is mainly for agricultural purposes, this industry
provides employment for roughly 6% of the workforce. That said, the
wealth of agricultural expertise in the area means that food-related
activity features highly in the local economy.
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