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What is the Neighbourhood Plan?

The Wells-next-the-Sea Neighbourhood Plan is a planning policy document written by the community to guide future development in the area over the next 20 years.

If successful at referendum, the Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the statutory development plan for the area. It will be used to determine planning applications.


Pre-submission DRAFT Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to all those that have responded to the consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan.  The consultation period closed on 9th September 2022.  The Working Party are collating and considering all responses and will be making amendments to the Plan where appropriate.  The Plan will then be submitted to North Norfolk District Council for checking, further consultation and independent examination.

Supporting evidence documents for the Neighbourhood Plan:
Housing Needs Assessment
Site Options and Assessment Report
Data profile, March 2021



Previous work

October 2021 consultation

During October 2021, the Working Party consulted on emerging ideas of the Plan, in particular the draft planning policy ideas, design guidance and possible sites for future development.

Click here to download all the display material and the draft Design Guidance and Codes document.
Click here to read a full report of consultation findings.

Please note: the consultation period has now closed.  Further consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan will take place early in the new year


Wells-next-the-Sea Neighbourhood Plan ‘Call for Sites’
Deadline 5pm on 30th June 2021

​As part of the Neighbourhood Plan, it is important for the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party to consider the merits of making site allocations for development up to 2041 in and around the town for a wide range of land uses (not just housing).

If you are a landowner and wish your land to be considered for allocation in the Neighbourhood Plan, then please get involved in our Neighbourhood Plan ‘Call for Sites’. We are primarily looking for sites for affordable housing that will meet local needs. However, if you have aspirations for alternative uses then we would also like to hear from you. In particular, we would welcome details of land that you may wish to see taken forward to provide wider community benefit or would involve the regeneration of a currently underused or derelict site. This could include new retail or employment development, as well as space for community facilities such as children’s play areas, community woodland, allotments or areas to be identified for purposes such as leisure facilities or educational use. These are examples only and all ideas would be considered.

If you have potential sites that are within or directly adjacent to the existing boundary of the town then please submit your site as part of this Neighbourhood Plan ‘Call for Sites’ by 5pm on 30th June 2021.  Please read the guidance notes and use the site submission form below.

We require all submissions to be in writing, including all information requested. These can be emailed to: [email protected] or a paper copy sent to the Town Council Offices.

Community consultation
The working party undertook 3 pieces of consultation in Spring 2021:

  1. Placecheck: putting a pin and a comment on the map.  Click here for the map.
  2. Stakeholder meetings: we talked to a range of organisations, groups and businesses If you would still like us to talk to you please email: [email protected]
  3. A business survey.  Click here to give us your views.

As we go through the process we hope to hold a drop-in event on policy ideas and an exhibition for the draft Neighbourhood Plan.


Who is involved?

A working party of the Town Council, involving Town Councillors and local residents.  The group are involved in listening to the community to form the content of the Plan.

Members include: Roger Arguile (chair), Cheryl Curtis, Lyndsay Dew, John Edwards, David Fennell, Jacqueline Gray, Nichola Holmes, Peter Rainsford and James Tottle.  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the Town Council.  Click here for our the working party Terms of Reference.

Click Here for the Minutes of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party.


Neighbourhood Plan area

The area covered by the Neighbourhood Plan is the whole of the parish of Wells-next-the-Sea.

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