The Breckland Economy

The Breckland Economy

Breckland is one of the largest rural districts in England, covering over 1,305km² and is one of the most sparsely populated.
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The sheer size and spread of the district has a major impact on service delivery and presents significant challenges for the organisations that are delivering both community and economic support in the area in terms of access and engagement. Much of the area is rural, given over to agriculture, with the second major land usage being open space and heathland (‘The Brecks’). It has the largest lowland pine forest in England and the second most popular forest attraction in the East of England.

The nature of the area brings huge opportunities in terms of high quality life and tourism and together with the asset of a high environmental quality makes Breckland an ideal business location. Breckland’s strategic position is emphasised by the good road communications offered by the A47 and A11, which will soon receive major improvements in linking the area to the rest of the country.

It offers diversity with a blend of environments and in addition to 108 rural parishes, there are five market towns: Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Watton, which are an essential component of the economic and social structure, acting as service centres to their hinterlands. The complete picture of the area is one of rapid population growth, increasing pay levels and low rates of unemployment and there is a trend for the overall number of jobs to increase. See the Moving Thetford Forward page for details on growth in Thetford.

Documents of interest:

The Breckland Economic Bulletin: (Published quarterly by the Economic Development Service).

Issue 8: August 2012

Issue 7: May 2012

Issue 6: February 2012

Special Edition: November 2011

Issue 5: September 2011

Issue 4: June 2011

Issue 3: March 2011

Issue 2: September 2010

Issue 1: August 2010

Thetford Employment Paper (June 2011)

Executive Summary

Thetford Employment Paper

Market Town Centre Business Study, Norfolk County Council (Summer 2011)

Market Town Centre Business Study


Sources of Demographic and Economic Statistics
Norfolk County Council's Demographic Services website provides a wide range of information including Census data, boundary maps, population projections and historic populations.
Norfolk Insight offers a wide range of data including benefit claimants, deprivation, population, business, crime and mortality data for mapping and analysis.
The Office of National Statistics neighbourhood site providing information on economy, population and social statistics.
The Nomis website provides labour market statistics.