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. You can also see which Parishes or areas have produced or are producing Neighbourhood Plans on this map.

  • 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 - Adopted by the Broads Authority and by Broadland District Council. This is now in use when determining planning applications in the Salhouse Neighbourhood Area.
  • Oulton - The previous Oulton Neighbourhood Area boundary included areas outside of Oulton parish. Since that application was approved in 2015, these areas are now within Lowestoft parish and Lowestoft Town Council intends to create a Neighbourhood Plan for its entire parish. Therefore, Oulton Parish Council has resubmitted its Neighbourhood Area application to cover Oulton parish only. Consultation on the new area ends on 23 November 2018. Visit the Waveney District Council website to comment.
  • 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 - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Waveney Council and the Broads Authority in August 2016.
  • Horstead with Stanninghall - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Broadland Council and the Broads Authority in August 2016.
  • Worlingham - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Waveney Council and the Broads Authority in February 2017.
  • Thorpe St Andrew - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Broadland Council and the Broads Authority in April 2017
  • Wroxham - Neighbourhood Plan out for pre-submission consultation until 5pm 21 December.
  • Rollesby Neighbourhood Plan - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Broads Authority in March 2017.
  • Winterton on Sea - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Broads Authority in August 2017.
  • Hemsby - Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Broads Authority in November 2017.
  • Cathedral, Magdalen and St Augustine's area (within the City of Norwich) - Norwich City Council and Broads Authority resolved to refuse the Forum and Area applications. A new area has been designated but this is not in the Broads Authority Executive Area so the Broads Authority will not be involved in decision making.
  • Barnby – Designated a Neighbourhood Area by Waveney Council and the Broads Authority in June 2018.

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