Neighbourhood Plan Progress

Blakeney Parish Council formally submitted their final draft Neighbourhood Plan for examination on 26 November 2021. Following this, we held a six-week public consultation.

In summer 2022, Mr Andrew Freeman was appointed to hold an independent examination to consider whether the Plan meets the basic conditions needed to move forward to a public referendum. The examination ended on 19 January 2023, when the examiner issued the final report. We are currently considering whether we can proceed to a referendum, as potential further changes may be made.

Submission and Examination documents

The following table contains documents which were made available to the examiner, and those which have arisen through the examination process:

Submission and Examination documents (January 2022)

Examination documents Date published
Examination report January 2023
Blakeney Parish Council response to examiner's procedural letter and questions September 2022
Blakeney Parish Council response to examiner's supplementary questions August 2022
Examiner's supplementary questions July 2022
NNDC response to examiner's procedural letter and questions July 2022
Examiner's procedural letter and questions June 2022

Documents submitted for examination in line with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as changed):

Submission documents Date published
Blakeney Neighbourhood Plan examination version November 2021
Schedule of representations at submission stage June 2022
Basic conditions statement July 2021
Consultation statement July 2021
Baseline data April 2020

Blakeney Neighbourhood Plan screening reports

Document Date published
Habitat regulations assessment screening report January 2022
Habitat regulations assessment determination January 2022
Strategic environment assessment screening report January 2022
Strategic environment assessment determination January 2022

Other documents

Document Date published
Blakeney Neighbourhood Plan health check July 2021

Next stages

Following the examiner's assessment, we will need to decide if the Plan should move to the next stage of a public referendum. Some suggested changes may be needed before the referendum can go ahead. If the Plan is approved for a referendum and the community then vote in favour, the Plan must be adopted by the Council within eight weeks of the referendum.

Once the Neighbourhood Plan is made, it will form part of the district-wide planning framework. It will become a material consideration (meaning it must be taken into account) for future planning applications in the Blakeney Neighbourhood area.

Pre-submission consultation documents (November 2019)

Consultation documents Date published
NNDC response to pre-submission consultation November 2019
Pre-submission Neighbourhood Plan consultation version October 2019
Consultation response form     October 2019
Consultation notice October 2019

Neighbourhood Plan designation documents (February 2017)

Consultation documents Date published
Application form November 2017
Parish statement November 2017
Map of proposed neighbourhood area November 2017
Agreement of neighbourhood area designation November 2017

Key dates

  • Designation date: 30 November 2017
  • Regulation 14 draft Plan: 3 October 2019 to 15 November 2019
  • Regulation 16 Plan submitted: 26 November 2021
  • Regulation 16 Plan consultation: 28 March to 9 May 2022
  • Plan sent for examination: 16 June 2022
  • Referendum date: 
  • Date Plan made:


Last updated: 26th January 2023