The Council is preparing a new Local Plan. This document will guide development decisions in North Norfolk until 2036

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

The government expects local councils to have up-to-date Local Plans to guide development in their area. This plan means that we retain control over where development should be located rather than unplanned speculative development, sometimes without sufficient benefit to local communities. Failure to have an up-to-date plan could risk government intervention and result in a loss of local control.

Local Plan timetable

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


The Local Plan consultation page details any current consultations.

How to get involved

Follow Local Plan progress by viewing our committee agendas, reports and minutes and attending meetings.

Sign up to receive our Local Plan newsletters, which will keep you up to date on progress and let you know how to get involved.