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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.

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.

Previous work
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.

Previous work
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.

Draft Neighbourhood Plan vision for 2042

Wells-next-the-Sea will continue to be a small, thriving and attractive coastal town, with a working port and a vibrant and balanced community. It will have a range of housing types and tenures to suit all ages and incomes, supported by appropriate infrastructure and employment opportunities. Development will be sympathetic to local character, well designed, suitably located and sensitive to the environment. Local heritage and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be protected. Wells will be a desirable place to live, work and visit for current and future generations.

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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The Neighbourhood Plan process and timeline

Below is the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

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