Emerging Local Plan

The Council's planning policy documents set the strategic context for development in the District, governing the decisions made on planning applications and what types of development are suitable for each area. It is a key document that guides development in the District over the next 20 years.

The National Planning Policy Framework sets an expectation that each Local Planning Authority (LPA) should produce a single Local Plan which sets out the strategic planning priorities for the District.

The Localism Act introduced in 2011 also comes with a requirement that Local Authorities produce and justify their own housing targets rather than having to rely on the targets set out by the abolished Regional Spatial Strategy (East of England Plan).

The Council are in the process of producing a new Local Plan which will replace the Core Strategy and group of documents that make up the current adopted Local Plan. The new (emerging) Local Plan will run from 2011 - 2036.


Breckland Local Plan was submitted for examination on 30 November 2017 and Jonathan Manning BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out an independent examination of our Local Plan.

The Breckland Local Plan Examination Hearing sessions are due to be held in the Council's Offices in Dereham and will begin on the 17 April 2018.

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More information can be found on the Local Plan Examination Page

Previous Consultation History

You are able to view the previous Consultation History by clicking on the following link Previous Consultation History

Local Plan Emerging Evidence Base / Supporting Information

Supporting Information and an evidence base is being prepared for the new Local Plan. Documents relating to the emerging new Local Plan can be found in the Planning Policy Document Library.

Get Involved

Interested Parties and Stakeholders can register with us to be notified (electronically) at key stages of the plan preparation. Please register your interest here.

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Last updated: 27/02/2018 10:32:01