Submission Version Consultation

This consultation is now closed. Further information will be published in due course.

In line with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, North Norfolk District Council is consulting on the draft Wells-next-the-Sea Neighbourhood Plan Submission Version.

Comments are invited on the content of the draft Plan and in particular, should address whether or not the plan proposal meets the Basic Conditions. These are the tests that an appointed independent examiner will be required to carry out at the next stage before the plan can progress to the final stage of a public referendum. The Neighbourhood Planning page on the Government website has details of this and further guidance.

The consultation starts on Monday 2 October 2023 and closes on Monday 13 November 2023.

Consultation documents

The following documents are available for comment and were submitted for consultation and examination in line with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended):

Submission and examination documents (June 2023)

Document Date published
1 Wells-next-the-Sea Draft Neighbourhood Plan Submission version June 2023
2 Basic Conditions Statement June 2023
3 Consultation Statement June 2023
4 Wells-next-the-Sea Design Guidance and Codes June 2023
5 Housing Needs Assessment: Wells, Holkham, Walsingham, Warham and Wighton March 2021
6 Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA Scoping report February 2023
7 Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA Environmental report June 2023
8 Habitat Regulations Assessment April 2023
9 Site Options and Assessment report December 2021
10 Data Profile March 2021
11 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 as item 11, has been removed at the request of the Wells Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. The information is duplicated in item 3, the Consultation Statement, in Appendix 8.

How to comment

If you wish to comment, complete the Consultation Response Form (PDF) (Word) and send your response by email to

You can also post your form to:

Planning Policy Team
North Norfolk District Council
Holt Road
NR27 9EN

Responses must be received no later than Monday 13 November 2023.

Any person making a representation at this stage may also include a request to be notified of North Norfolk District Council's decision under Regulation 19 (whether or not to approve the Plan for use). If you wish to be notified, please let us know in the appropriate place on the Consultation Response Form.

Contact details

For general enquiries about the content of the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact Wells-next-the-Sea Town Council on 01328 710564 or email

For further information, visit the Wells-next-the-Sea Neighbourhood Plan website.

For enquiries about this consultation process and how to respond, please contact North Norfolk District Council on 01263 516518 or email

Next stages

Following the consultation, all comments received will be provided to the examiner to consider as part of the examination process. If the draft Plan is approved by the examiner, the next stage is to include the examiner's recommendations and put the plan to a public referendum. If accepted, the draft Neighbourhood Plan must be adopted by the Council within eight weeks following the referendum.

Once adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will form part of the district-wide planning framework and become a material consideration, which means it must be taken into account in the consideration of future planning applications in the Wells-next-the-Sea Neighbourhood 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: 20 June 2023
  • Regulation 16 Plan consultation: 2 October to 13 November 2023
  • Plan sent for Examination:
  • Referendum date:
  • Date Plan made: