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.


Pre-submission Publication (21st August to 2nd October 2017)

During the Pre-submission period the Council will be inviting views as to the 'soundness' of the draft Local Plan - i.e. whether it is consistent with national policy, and sets out an appropriate strategy to meet the housing, employment and infrastructure requirements of the district. During this period the draft plan can be viewed online in the Planning Policy Document Library on the Consultation Portal and in the links below. Copies of the document will also be available for inspection at venues throughout the district including the Council's main offices in Thetford and Dereham, and in Customer Service Centres and local libraries in the market towns.

Comments can be submitted via the online response form on the Consultation Portal. Comments can also be made by email to planningpolicyteam@breckland.gov.uk (with the subject 'Pre-submission comment'), or by letter to the Planning Policy Team, Breckland Council, Elizabeth House, Dereham NR19 1EE. However, comments made by post or email must be completed on the response forms in the links below. Responses not made using the response form will not be accepted.

The following document sets out a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Local Plan

Below are links to the consultation portal and a PDF and word version of the response form:

Below are PDF copies of the Pre-submission version of the Local plan (split into part 1 and 2 due to size constraints) and the accompanying Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) and the Sustainability Appraisal (SA).

The rest of the supporting evidence base for the Local Plan can be viewed on the  Planning Policy Document Library

The following maps are the pre-submission publication policies maps that support the Local Plan.

Icon for pdf Legend [1.13MB] Icon for pdf Kenninghall [1.5MB] Icon for pdf Swanton Morley [3.1MB]
Icon for pdf Ashill [2.28MB] Icon for pdf Litcham [1.61MB] Icon for pdf Thetford [7.08MB]
Icon for pdf Attleborough [20.26MB] Icon for pdf Lyng [1.55MB] Icon for pdf Thetford Town Centre [6.06MB]
Icon for pdf Attleborough Town Centre [3.35MB] Icon for pdf Mattishall [1.24MB] Icon for pdf Thompson [1.79MB]
Icon for pdf Banham [1.65MB] Icon for pdf Mundford [7.07MB] Icon for pdf Watton [22.33MB]
Icon for pdf Bawdeswell [1.41MB] Icon for pdf Narborough [932.83KB] Icon for pdf Watton Town Centre [3.28MB]
Icon for pdf Beeston [967.39KB] Icon for pdf Necton [3.78MB] Icon for pdf Weasenham [789.78KB]
Icon for pdf Beetley [2.48MB] Icon for pdf North Elmham [4.21MB] Icon for pdf Weeting [15.16MB]
Icon for pdf Carbrooke [920.49KB] Icon for pdf North Lopham [1.36MB] Icon for pdf Yaxham [3.82MB]
Icon for pdf Caston [1003.69KB] Icon for pdf Old Buckenham [3.54MB] Minerals and Waste Maps
Icon for pdf Dereham [7.63MB] Icon for pdf Rocklands [1.36MB] Icon for pdf Legend [119.55KB]
Icon for pdf Dereham Town Centre [4.94MB] Icon for pdf Roudham Heath [421.24KB] Icon for pdf Minerals and Waste Inset 1 [9.47MB]
Icon for pdf Eccles Road [834.43KB] Icon for pdf Saham Toney [3.32MB] Icon for pdf Minerals and Waste Inset 2 [9.97MB]
Icon for pdf Garboldisham [3.6MB] Icon for pdf Shipdham [3.28MB] Icon for pdf Minerals and Waste Inset 3 [11.19MB]
Icon for pdf Great Ellingham [1.49MB] Icon for pdf Shipdham Airfield [300.92KB] Icon for pdf Minerals and Waste Inset 4 [8.84MB]
Icon for pdf Great Hockham [833.56KB] Icon for pdf Shropham [852.26KB] Icon for pdf Minerals and Waste Inset 5 [8.69MB]
Icon for pdf Gressenhall [4.89MB] Icon for pdf Snetterton Heath [2.44MB] Icon for pdf Minerals and Waste Inset 6 [9.63MB]
Icon for pdf Griston [950.54KB] Icon for pdf Sporle [2.57MB] Icon for pdf Minerals and Waste Inset 7 [10.0MB]
Icon for pdf Harling [4.39MB] Icon for pdf Swaffham [3.17MB] Icon for pdf Minerals and Waste Inset 8 [9.71MB]
Icon for pdf Hockering [1.4MB] Icon for pdf Swaffham Town Centre [2.87MB] Icon for pdf Minerals and Waste Inset 9 [9.34MB]
District Wide Map Icon for pdf Breckland District [6.55MB]

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.

Should you have any questions or queries about the contents of this page please do not hesitate to contact us at: