We have submitted the draft Local Plan for independent examination. The new Local Plan will guide development decisions in North Norfolk until 2036.

Local Plan submission

We have sent the Proposed Submission Version North Norfolk Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for independent examination.

View the Formal Notice of Submission (Regulation 22)

What happens next

An independent inspector from the Planning Inspectorate will review the Plan and its supporting evidence to decide if it meets necessary standards, including soundness, legal compliance and other tests, such as conformity with the Duty to Cooperate.

We have requested that the inspector make any necessary modifications to the Plan.

Annette Feeney has been appointed as Programme Officer to organise and administer the examination, including future public hearing sessions. We expect this to begin in Autumn 2023.

We will provide more details here as they become available. Visit the GOV.UK guidance page for Local Plan examinations for information about the submission and examination stages of Local Plan production.

View the documents


The submission documents will be available for the public to view on our website as soon as possible.

In person

You can view the documents by arranging an appointment at our Cromer or Fakenham office. Please call 01263 516318 to book a viewing.

Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EN

Fakenham Connect, Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY


If you have any specific accessibility requests, please contact us:

Email: planning.policy@north-norfolk.gov.uk
Telephone: 01263 516318
Address: Planning Policy Team, Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EN

What is a Local Plan?

Local Plans set out the strategic planning policies for the district and decide how land is used, what can be built and where. Plans ensure that the development needed due to population growth can be provided suitably and sustainably. It also details where new homes, jobs and infrastructure will be created to meet the area’s housing, employment and other needs while protecting and enhancing our unique natural and built environment.

It also addresses challenges such as:

  • growing and ageing population
  • providing affordable housing
  • improving the design of development
  • managing the potential impacts of climate change

Why do we need a Local Plan?

The government expects local councils to have an up-to-date Local Plan to guide development in their area. Having an up-to-date Plan means that we retain control over where development should and should not be located and the standards that new development should meet, rather than unplanned speculative development, sometimes without sufficient benefit to local communities. Failure to have an up-to-date Local Plan could risk government intervention and result in a loss of local control.

Local Plan progress and timetable

The emerging new Local Plan has been submitted to the government and is now at the examination stage.

The Local Development Scheme has information on the intended timeline and stages of producing the emerging Local Plan.


The Local Plan consultation page details any current consultations.

How to get involved