Neighbourhood Plan Progress
Wells-next-the-Sea Town Council formally submitted their final draft Neighbourhood Plan for examination on 20 June 2023. Following a six-week public consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan is now entering the examination stage.
Mr Andrew Ashcroft of Andrew Ashcroft Planning Ltd has been appointed to hold an independent examination. This will look at whether the Plan meets the basic conditions needed to move forward with a public referendum. The examination formally commences on 3 January 2024.
Submission and Examination documents
The following table contains the documents which were submitted for examination and which are available to the examiner. Documents related to or arising through the examination process will be added when available.
Submission and Examination documents
|Wells-next-the-Sea Town Council response to examiners clarification note
|Examiner's clarification note
|Examiner's initial procedural letter
Documents submitted for examination in June 2023, in line with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as changed):
|Wells-next-the-Sea Draft Neighbourhood Plan Submission version
|Schedule of representations at submission stage
|Basic Conditions Statement
|Wells-next-the-Sea Design Guidance and Codes
|Housing Needs Assessment: Wells, Holkham, Walsingham, Warham and Wighton
|Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA Scoping report
|Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA Environmental report
|Habitat Regulations Assessment
|Site Options and Assessment report
|Wells-next-the-Sea Town Council Minutes, 5 June 2023
Correspondence between Holkham Estate and the Wells Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, previously published on the list, has been removed at the request of the Wells Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. The information is duplicated in the Consultation Statement, in Appendix 8.
Following the examiner's assessment, they will write a report advising 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 Wells-next-the-Sea Neighbourhood area.
Further information will be published as it becomes available.
Pre-submission consultation documents (July 2022)
|NNDC response to pre-submission Neighbourhood Plan consultation
|Pre-submission Neighbourhood Plan consultation version
|Formal notice of consultation
|Design guidance and codes
|Site options and assessment report
|Housing needs assessment: Wells, Holkham, Walsingham, Warham and Wighton
|Habitat regulations assessment screening determination
|Strategic environment assessment screening determination
|Habitat regulations assessment screening report
|Strategic environment assessment screening report
Neighbourhood plan designation documents (February 2019)
We approved Wells-next-the-Sea Town Council's application to designate Wells Neighbourhood Area on 11 February 2019.
|Map of proposed Neighbourhood Area
|Agreement of Neighbourhood Area Designation
- Designation date: 11 February 2019
- Regulation 14 Draft Plan submitted: 15 July to 9 September 2022
- Regulation 16 Plan submitted: 20 June 2023
- Regulation 16 Plan consultation: 2 October to 13 November 2023
- Plan sent for Examination:
- Referendum date:
- Date Plan made: