This blog is run by Broadland District Council and is intended as a local Neighbourhood Planning resource for communities in Broadland district that are engaged in developing a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Localism Act 2011 introduced powers for parish/town councils to produce a new type of community-led plan known as a Neighbourhood Development Plan (or Neighbourhood Plan for short). These plans will set out policies on the development and use of land in a parish or ‘neighbourhood area’.

Once such a plan is made, and adopted, it will become part of the Local Plan for Broadland District Council. This means that it will become a main consideration in the determination of planning applications relating to that area.

In order for any Neighbourhood Development Plans to be adopted, they will need to be in general conformity with strategic planning policies at the local, national and European level. They will also need to demonstrate support from the local community.

Clearly, Neighbourhood Development Plans differ from Parish Plans in that they purely focus on planning and the environment, they have to follow a statutory process, and they ultimately become part of the statutory development plan.

There are a number of communities progressing Neighbourhood Development Plans in Broadland, all of whom are receiving support from Broadland District Council. If you would like to find out more about Neighbourhood Plans that have been adopted or submitted in Broadland and how the District Council is supporting them, please visit the Council’s website at: or email

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