New Local Plan

New Local Plan

The Council is preparing a new Local Plan. This document will guide development decisions in North Norfolk until 2036.

The Local Plan provides detail on where new homes, jobs and infrastructure will be created in order to meet the housing, employment and other needs of the area, while protecting and enhancing our unique natural and built environment. This includes addressing specific challenges such as accommodating a growing and aging population, providing affordable homes, improving the design of development, and managing the potential impacts of climate change.

Local Plans set out planning policies and determine how land is used, what can be built and where. Plans ensure that the development needed as a result of population growth can be provided in the most suitable way which minimises the impact on the environment.

The main elements which form the Local Plan are:

  • Vision, Aims and Objectives which underpin the Plan and set the basis upon which the proposed policies and development sites are being proposed.

  • Policies that provide the overarching approach to sustainable development in North Norfolk, such as where and how much development should take place, the provision of infrastructure to support development, and addressing climate change.

  • Other key policies cover the themes of environment, housing and the economy such as affordable housing, high quality design, tourism, and protecting the natural and built environment.

  • Site Allocations which set out detailed policies for the development of individual sites to help meet the aims, objectives and key policies of the Plan. North Walsham West is one of the proposed site allocations in the new Plan.

  • Policies Map which will show geographically where policies apply.


The Council undertook a major consultation exercise on an emerging First Draft Local Plan and a range of supporting documents in May and June 2019.

The feedback from this consultation has helped us to prepare a revised version of the Local Plan for further consultation which will take place in the summer of 2021 before the Plan is submitted for examination by an independent government appointed Inspector.

For full details on our New Local Plan please visit our website: New Local Plan (opens in new window)

The consultation boards used in 2019

The consultation boards used in 2019