The North Norfolk Local Plan is undergoing independent examination following its submission to the Secretary of State on 11 May 2023.

The examination hearing sessions concluded in March 2024 and the Council is currently awaiting further direction from the Inspector on the next steps. The Council wishes to thank all parties for their attendance and participation at the hearings, and to all those who observed the proceedings. Please see the Latest News section for the very latest updates.

An independent inspector from the Planning Inspectorate, Mr David Reed BSc DipTP DMS, is reviewing the Plan and its supporting evidence to decide whether it meets soundness and legal compliance tests.

The Inspector will consider the comments made as part of the previous Local Plan consultation and has identified various matters, issues and questions to consider as part of the examination.

A programme of public hearing sessions was held between January and March 2024 to enable discussion in person of the key matters, issues and questions and subsequent agenda matters as raised by the inspector. Further details can be found below.

Latest news

View our latest news page, where we are posting updates as the examination progresses.

Public hearings

The examination hearing sessions took place over three separate weeks between January to March 2024. The latest timetable and list of participants for the hearings can be found in Section 1 of the Examination Library.

The Inspector identified various matters, issues and questions (MIQs), which were discussed in more detail at the hearing sessions. He also prepared agendas to outline key issues and to guide the discussions. All relevant information, including a number of additional documents arising from the hearings at the inspector's request, and responses to the MIQs, can be found in the Examination Library.

Examination Library

Visit the Examination Library to view the submission documents and other evidence that relates to the preparation of the Plan.

Programme Officer

Mrs Annette Feeney has been appointed as Programme Officer to organise and administer the examination, including organisation of the public hearing sessions and dealing with all procedural matters. The Programme Officer is independent from North Norfolk District Council and reports to the appointed examination inspector.

Contact details

All queries relating to the North Norfolk Local Plan Examination should be sent to the Programme Officer using the following details:



07775 771026


Annette Feeney
Local Plan Programme Officer
North Norfolk District Council
Holt Road
NR27 9EN