Local Plan Examination

Examination Library, Correspondence and Updates, including Examination Dates and Timetables

can be viewed in our Local Plan Examination Library

The Inspector Jonathan Manning formally closed the hearing sessions section of the Local Plan examination on 20th September 2018.

A six week consultation on main modifications is anticipated to occur early in the new year. Dependent upon the representations received during this period, the Inspectors Report is expected late Spring, with adoption early Summer 2019.

In line with the recommendations agreed at Cabinet on the 11th July 2017 and Full Council on the 27th July 2017, the 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. His task will be to consider the soundness of our submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Our plan should be:

  • Positively prepared: it should be based on a strategy that looks at meeting objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements. This includes; where reasonable to do so; those unmet by our neighbours. It should also be consistent with achieving sustainable development

  • Justified: it should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence

  • Effective: it should be deliverable and based on effective joint working with partners and neighbours; and

  • Consistent with national policy: it should enable the delivery of sustainable development set out by national policy 


Breckland District Council have appointed a Programme Officer as the point of contact and to organise and administer the examination process under the guidance of the appointed Inspector. Any queries about the examination or any correspondence to the inspector should be sent to:

Charlotte Brennan

Programme Officer

Examination Office

Elizabeth House

Walpole Loke


Norfolk NR19 1EE

E-Mail: programme.officer@breckland.gov.uk

Tel No: 01362 656296

Last updated: 02/11/2018 15:17:32