Brancaster and South Wootton formulate plans

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Brancaster and South Wootton are the first parishes in West Norfolk to submit proposed neighbourhood development plans to the borough.

These are intended to shape development and guide decisions on applications.

The plans have been prepared independently by the parish councils, with the borough council assisting.

The proposed plans will each now go through a process which includes independent examination to see if they comply with national requirements, and a local referendum to see if it is supported by the majority of local residents.

If successful these plans will become part of the official ‘development plan’, alongside the borough’s Local Plan.

There is now a six-week consultation during which anyone may make comments on either of these plans to help inform the decisions on them.

The two proposed neighbourhood plans will be available to view on the borough council’s website www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay and at its King’s Court and Hunstanton offices.

Comments should be sent in writing via the website or by post, to be received by 5pm on Thursday, June 4.

Geoff Hall, executive director for development services, said: “The parish councils have worked hard to get them ready and I would now urge people to take the time to have a look at them and let us have their comments.”