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

Examination documents Date published
Wells-next-the-Sea Town Council response to examiners clarification note February 2024
Examiner's clarification note January 2024
Examiner's initial procedural letter                                                            December 2023

Documents submitted for examination in June 2023, in line with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as changed):

Submission documents Date published
Wells-next-the-Sea Draft Neighbourhood Plan Submission version June 2023
Schedule of representations at submission stage December 2023
Basic Conditions Statement June 2023
Consultation Statement June 2023
Wells-next-the-Sea Design Guidance and Codes June 2023
Housing Needs Assessment: Wells, Holkham, Walsingham, Warham and Wighton March 2021
Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA Scoping report February 2023
Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA Environmental report June 2023
Habitat Regulations Assessment April 2023
Site Options and Assessment report December 2021
Data Profile March 2021
Wells-next-the-Sea Town Council Minutes, 5 June 2023 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.

Next stages

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.

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.

Document Date published
Application form February 2019
Parish statement February 2019
Map of proposed Neighbourhood Area February 2019
Agreement of Neighbourhood Area Designation February 2019

Key dates

  • 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: