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.


Consultation on the Main Modifications to the Local Plan

A new six week consultation on main modifications will commence on Thursday 30th May 2019 with the comment deadline being 5pm on Friday 12th July 2019. This new consultation is necessary as the wording of several modifications was not accurately presented in the corrected version of the Plan that was published (documents EX125B, EX125B Part 1, EX125B Part 2 and EX125B Part 3) and there were some inconsistencies with and omissions from the Schedule of Main Modifications document (EX123). As a result the Council has prepared a revised Schedule of Main Modifications (EX135) and is re-consulting on this document alone.

To make a comment and find out more about the consultation, please click here Consultation


Extended Consultation on Main Modifications MM18, MM119 and MM148 to the Local Plan

Following completion of the consultation on the main modifications to the Local Plan, the Council ran an additional six week consultation on Main Modifications MM18, MM119 and MM148 ONLY.

Representations (comments) were invited via the consultation portal (see the link above) on the proposed Modifications MM18, MM119 and MM148 between Wednesday 3rd April 2019 and 5pm Wednesday 15th May 2019

Consultation on the Main Modifications to the Local Plan

Following the completion of the Examination Hearing Sessions, a schedule of Main Modifications to the Local Plan was published for consultation. The Inspector considers these changes necessary in order for the Local Plan to be found 'sound'.

The consultation was live from Monday 18th February to 5pm Monday 1st April 2019.  

Local Plan Examination

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 wereheld in the Council's Offices in Dereham beginning on the 17 April 2018.

Icon for pdf Draft Examination Hearing Programme [23.92KB]

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: 29/05/2019 17:18:58