Neighbourhood Plan Progress

Wells-next-the-Sea Town Council submitted their emerging Neighbourhood Plan for pre-submission consultation between 15 July and 9 September 2022. This was the first formal consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan. It provided an opportunity for engagement with the public and service providers to help shape a robust and effective plan proposal.

The feedback from this consultation is being used to develop a final Neighbourhood Plan for submission and examination by an appointed, independent planning inspector. Once the final Draft is submitted, we will:

  • publish the draft Plan
  • invite representations during six weeks of public consultation
  • send any representations and the draft Plan to the inspector

If the inspector approves the draft Plan, the next stage is to put it to a public referendum, incorporating the inspector's recommendations. If accepted, we must adopt the Plan 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 Neighbourhood Plan area.

Further information and dates will be published as they become 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:
  • Regulation 16 Plan consultation:
  • Plan sent for Examination:
  • Referendum date:
  • Date Plan made: