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Date published: 15th October 2021

North Norfolk District Council has issued an outline planning permission for an urban extension of Fakenham for up to 950 dwellings, including a minimum of 16.5% affordable homes (157 dwellings).

The proposal also includes employment development, a new primary school, creation of a new local retail centre, a new 100-bed hotel, open space and significant infrastructure including a new roundabout onto the A148 Fakenham bypass.

The application, submitted on behalf of Trinity College Cambridge in 2017, is located on a site that was previously allocated for development by the Council in 2011 and a Development Brief for the site was approved in March 2015. The grant of outline planning permission is a further significant milestone towards the realisation of this ambitious project.

Permission was granted after a legal obligation was completed between the applicant/landowners, District and County Councils, ensuring that the developer will provide necessary financial contributions and commitments in excess of £7m, including those in relation to affordable housing, open spaces, sports provision and land for a new primary school.

In addition to securing the principle of development, the outline permission has secured the principal accesses into the site. Both the District and County Council have committed funding toward the provision of a new roundabout on to the A148 Fakenham bypass to enable early delivery of the project and which is expected to increase further the amount of affordable dwellings that can be provided on the site  

Cllr John Toye, NNDC’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Enforcement, commented: “Whilst it has taken many years to lay out the framework for this development I hope that as proposals for each phase come forward they will be ambitious in delivering the future needs of our residents and environment.”

Before physical work can begin on site, the next step is for the developers to secure “reserved matters” approval for the layout, scale, appearance and landscaping of the development which is likely to take place in phases.

Formal planning applications will be submitted for these details in due course and interested parties will have opportunity to comment on those applications, some frequently asked questions about the site and all the documents can be found here.


Last updated: 15th October 2021