Watton Neighbourhood Plan

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The Referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan took place on January 18 2024.

Dates of each stage

  • Designation date: 4 August 2017
  • Regulation 14 draft plan took place in February 2022
  • Regulation 16 plan consultation started: 30th January 2023
  • Examination Report issued: 30 August 2023
  • Date of referendum: 18 January 2024 

Referendum on the Watton Neighbourhood Plan

A Referendum relating to the making (agreeing) of the Watton Neighbourhood Plan was held on Thursday 18 January 2024

The question to be asked in the Referendum was:

"Do you want Breckland Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Watton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

The result of the Referendum was

Ballot Papers Issued: 1,058

Votes cast in favour of a 'yes' = 962 (90.9%)

Votes cast in favour of a 'no' = 93 (8.8%)

Votes being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty = 3

A copy of the Referendum Information Statement and other 'specified documents' are listed below:

Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan

The Examiners Report on the Neighbourhood plan was received on the 30 August 2023. 

WNP Independent Examiners Report (PDF) [492KB] (opens new window)

The Council has appointed Intelligent Plans and Examinations (IPE) Ltd to carry out the examination into the Watton Neighbourhood Plan.

The Examiner has issued a procedural letter and some questions in respect of the Watton Neighbourhood Plan. This is available for viewing below along with Breckland's response.

Submission Consultation (Reg.16)

Breckland Council conducted the submission consultation, which started on 30 January 2023 and ended on April 7 2023.   

These documents are found at Watton Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 16) Consultation

Responses to this consultation are below:

Pre-Submission Consultation (Reg.14) on Watton Neighbourhood Plan

Watton Town Council has completed the first statutory consultation on its Neighbourhood Plan.

Find out more about the pre-submission consultation (Reg.14).

Neighbourhood Plan Area designation

Watton Parish Council applied to designate a neighbourhood area on the 4 August 2017.

Parishes included within the neighbourhood area: Watton.

Last updated: 12/02/2024 16:44:59