Eaton & Cringleford

County first for plan

Aaron Penfold
Sep 3, 2013 2 mins read

Cringleford Parish Council is the first in the county to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan – a new type of planning document based on the views of the local community and the evidence of the housing, business and other development needs of the parish.

It’s part of the Government’s new approach to planning, which aims to give local people more say about how their area is developed.

The council began working on the Cringleford Neighbourhood Development Plan (the Plan) in September 2011 and has worked hard to create a plan that reflects the views of the people of Cringleford.

Community engagement has been a fundamental part of the process and Cringleford residents and interested parties have been fully consulted at every stage of the process. The Plan allocates land for 1,200 homes and sets policies to guide future housing, employment and community development in the parish and help ensure future planning applications are determined in accordance with the aspirations of the local community.

The culmination of all this work has resulted in the Plan being submitted to South Norfolk Council ready for Examination, the first Neighbourhood Plan in Norfolk to reach this stage.

Don Foster MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government, visited Cringleford recently to talk to the team about the Plan and was impressed by the way the community had taken into consideration the infrastructure delivery and praised the skills of the team to make neighbourhood planning a success for Cringleford.

Anne Barnes, parish clerk, said: “The parish council is delighted to see the Plan go forward for examination after two years of hard work by the Neighbourhood Development Plan Team. Our aim is to see the Plan go through the examination stage, be found to pass the legal tests and lead on to a referendum.”

She thanked all the local people who have contributed to the preparation of the plan.

South Norfolk Council has published the Plan for a six-week period until 27 September 2013. The plan can be viewed at and anyone wishing to make representations can email them to or write to the Planning Policy Team, South Norfolk Council, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE.


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