Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning powers give people a say in how their local area should develop.

The planning legislation was introduced in 2012 through the Localism Act and gives communities the power to:

  • agree a neighbourhood development plan
  • make a neighbourhood development order
  • make a Community Right to Build order

A neighbourhood development plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, such as:

  • where new homes and offices should be built
  • what they should look like

Neighbourhood areas

Under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 parish or town councils in the Broads developing neighbourhood plans need to apply to the Broads Authority and the relevant district council to designate the neighbourhood area that their proposed plan will cover.

This application is followed by a six-week period during which any member of the public may submit written comments about the proposed neighbourhood area to the Broads Authority and the relevant district council, who will then consider the comments before approving or rejecting its designation.

Neighbourhood planning and the Broads

Several parishes or town councils in the Broads are developing neighbourhood plans, going out to consultation or have had neighbourhood areas approved. You can find further details about these applications by clicking on the name of the parish or town council below.

  • Acle - Adopted by the Broads Authority and by Broadland District Council. This is now in use when determining planning applications in the Acle Neighbourhood Area.
  • Strumpshaw - Adopted by the Broads Authority and by Broadland District Council. This is now in use when determining planning applications in the Strumpshaw Neighbourhood Area.
  • Brundall - Adopted by the Broads Authority and by Broadland District Council. This is now in use when determining planning applications in the Brundall Neighbourhood Area.
  • Salhouse - Pre submission consultation runs from 9 January to 20 February 2017.
  • Oulton - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Waveney Council and the Broads Authority in December 2014/January 2015.
  • Beccles - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Waveney Council and the Broads Authority in June 2015.
  • Bungay - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Waveney Council and the Broads Authority in April 2016.
  • Lound with Ashby, Herringfleet and Somerleyton - Applying to be a Neighbourhood Area. Consultation ended on Friday 12 August 2016.
  • Horstead with Stanninghall - Applying to be a Neighbourhood Area. Consultation ended on Tuesday 2 August 2016.
  • Worlingham - Applying to be a Neighbourhood Area. Consultation ends on Wednesday 21 December 2016.

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