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Date published: 27th February 2017

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has received an application seeking to designate the parish of Ryburgh as a Neighbourhood Area. An application for a Neighbourhood Area is the first formal procedure towards preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, Neighbourhood Development Order or a Community Right to Build order.

NNDC is running a four week consultation on the application, commencing Monday 27 February and ending Monday 27 March 2017. The application and map showing the boundaries of the proposed Neighbourhood Area is available to view or download at:

Any comments should consider whether the proposed Neighbourhood Area is appropriate to be designated for the purposes of neighbourhood planning. Those wishing to comment should send their response to: or

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

For further information contact 01263 516318 or visit 

Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to:

  • agree a neighbourhood development plan
  • make a neighbourhood development order
  • make a Community Right to Build order.

Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Neighbourhood planning legislation came into effect in April 2012, revised 2015.

Neighbourhood development plans

A neighbourhood development plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, like:

where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like.

The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want.

Neighbourhood plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community, but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area. In most cases it is expected this will mean that neighbourhood plans will have to take into account the local council’s assessment of housing and other development needs in the area.

Neighbourhood development orders

A neighbourhood development order allows the community to grant planning permission for development that complies with the order. This removes the need for a planning application to be submitted to the local authority.

Community Right to Build orders

A Community Right to Build order gives permission for small-scale, site-specific developments by a community group.


Last updated: 16th August 2017