Consultations - Have Your Say

At the council, we are always interested in hearing your views about what we do. Your comments and suggestions help us to improve our services.

 

Current consultations

 

 

Sedgeford Neighbourhood Plan

 

Sedgeford Parish Council is starting to prepare a neighbourhood plan for Sedgeford.  If successful, this will help shape development in the parish.  It would be used by the borough council, alongside its own plans, to inform planning decisions in the parish.

 

The parish council has submitted an application to the borough council to have a ‘neighbourhood area’ designated, which is the first formal stage in the process of making a neighbourhood plan. The whole of Sedgeford parish is proposed to be included in the area, and subsequently, the neighbourhood plan.

Later in the process there will be consultations on the content of the emerging neighbourhood plan, but in the meantime the borough council will be consulting on the area application. The consultation will run for 6 weeks from 30 May 2016.  

Anyone wishing to comment on the area to be included in the designation must do so in writing by 5pm Monday 11 July 2016. Comments can be submitted:

Queries about the area designation application and consultation can be made by email to ldf@west-norfolk.gov.uk, or by telephoning the Local Plan team on 01553 616816.

The neighbourhood plan will be prepared by Sedgeford Parish Council, and anyone having suggestions about its contents or wishing to get involved should contact the parish clerk, John Ward.

 

 

 

West Dereham Neighbourhood Plan

 

West Dereham Parish Council is starting to prepare a neighbourhood plan for West Dereham.  If successful, this will help shape development in the parish.  It would be used by the borough council, alongside its own plans, to inform planning decisions in the parish.

 

The parish council has submitted an application to the borough council to have a ‘neighbourhood area’ designated, which is the first formal stage in the process of making a neighbourhood plan. The whole of West Dereham parish is proposed to be included in the area, and subsequently, the neighbourhood plan.

Later in the process there will be consultations on the content of the emerging neighbourhood plan, but in the meantime the borough council will be consulting on the area application. The consultation will run for 6 weeks from 16 May 2016.  

Anyone wishing to comment on the area to be included in the designation must do so in writing by 5pm Monday 27 June 2016. Comments can be submitted:

 

Queries about the area designation application and consultation can be made by email to ldf@west-norfolk.gov.uk, or by telephoning the Local Plan team on 01553 616816.

The neighbourhood plan will be prepared by West Dereham Parish Council, and anyone having suggestions about its contents or wishing to get involved should contact the parish clerk, Sarah Thorpe, on 01945 430930.

 

 

 

Tilney All Saints Neighbourhood Plan

 

Tilney All Saints Parish Council is starting to prepare a neighbourhood plan for Tilney All Saints.  If successful, this will help shape development in the parish.  It would be used by the borough council, alongside its own plans, to inform planning decisions in the parish.

 

The parish council has submitted an application to the borough council to have a ‘neighbourhood area’ designated, which is the first formal stage in the process of making a neighbourhood plan. The whole of Tilney All Saints parish is proposed to be included in the area, and subsequently, the neighbourhood plan.

Later in the process there will be consultations on the content of the emerging neighbourhood plan, but in the meantime the borough council will be consulting on the area application. The consultation will run for 6 weeks from 2 May 2016.  

Anyone wishing to comment on the area to be included in the designation must do so in writing by 5pm Monday 13 June 2016. Comments can be submitted:

 

Queries about the area designation application and consultation can be made by email to ldf@west-norfolk.gov.uk, or by telephoning the Local Plan team on 01553 616816.

The neighbourhood plan will be prepared by Tilney All Saints Parish Council, and anyone having suggestions about its contents or wishing to get involved should contact the Parish Clerk, Stella Kaye, on stellakayeclerk.taspc@gmail.com

 

 

 

Snettisham Neighbourhood Plan

 

 

Snettisham Parish Council is starting to prepare a neighbourhood plan for Snettisham. If successful, this will help shape development in the parish. It would be used by the borough council, alongside its own plans, to inform decisions on planning applications in the parish.

The parish council has submitted an application to the borough council to have a ‘neighbourhood area’ designated, which is the first formal stage in the process of making a neighbourhood plan. The whole of Snettisham parish is proposed to be included in the area, and subsequently, the neighbourhood plan.

Later in the process there will be consultations on the content of the emerging neighbourhood plan, but in the meantime the borough council will be consulting on the area application. The consultation will
run for 6 weeks from 2 May 2016.

 

Anyone wishing to comment on the area to be included in the designation must do so in writing by 5pm Monday 13 June 2016. Comments can be submitted:

 

Queries about the area designation application and consultation can be made by email to ldf@west-norfolk.gov.uk, or by telephoning the Local Plan team on 01553 616816.

The neighbourhood plan will be prepared by Snettisham Parish Council, and anyone having suggestions about its contents or wishing to get involved should contact the Parish Clerk, Simon Bower, on snettishparish@btconnect.com

 

 

Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Pre-Submission Document

 

The Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Document (SADMPD) will be a key part of our Local Plan, if adopted.  At the moment it is undergoing an independent examination to decide whether the Plan is justified, effective and legally compliant. 

 

Inspector David Hogger BA MSc MRTPI MCIHT was appointed to conduct the examination.

 

During the examination the Inspector raised a number of issues with the plan, which we would like to tackle through a number of main modifications to the submitted plan.

 

These modifications are put forward to change any parts of the plan which may lead to it being found unsound or not legally compliant.

 

We are now inviting representations on these main modifications, which will be forwarded directly to the planning inspector.

 

The consultation is open for a period of 6 weeks from Wednesday 6 April 2016 to Wednesday 18 May 2016. Comments must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 18 May. Comments after the deadline will not be accepted.

 

 

Additional Main Modifications to the SADMP Consultation

 

The consultation is open for a period of 6 weeks from Wednesday 11 May 2016 to Wednesday 22 June 2016. 

 

This consultion is only for the additional modifications, the proposed main modifications consultation will still close on the 18 May.

 

Comments must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 22 June.

 

Comments after the deadline will not be accepted.

 

You can submit your comments online using our e-consultation system or can be returned to ldf@west-norfolk.gov.uk using the Modification Consultation Form

 

What is the consultation about?

 

In the light of a query raised by the Inspector we have found that there are five of the Inspector's suggested modifications that have not been translated into detailed changes and offered for representations as part of the current consultation which closes on 18 May.

 

In the light of this the borough council has prepared a schedule of what we are calling ‘Additional Main Modifications’. In order to give a full 6 week period for possible representations, these are being advertised as a separate list.

 

To view the proposed modifications and to submit your comments visit our Site Allocations and Development Management Policies page.

 

 

 

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Consultation

 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) came into force in April 2010. It allows local councils in England and Wales to raise funds from developers starting new building projects.

 

The money can be used to fund a wide range of work and services needed to support the growth of our Borough.

 

In order to charge a fee, we must produce a charging schedule setting out charge rates for this area.

 

 

 

Consultation on Draft Charging Schedule - March 2016

 

The formal public consultation of the Draft Charging Schedule will last for 6 weeks from Monday 14 March to 5pm Monday 25 April 2016. Late responses cannot be accepted.

 

The relevant documents making up the consultation can be viewed on our CIL webpage.

 

You can submit your representations online using our e-consultation system or can be returned to ldf@west-norfolk.gov.uk using the CIL Consultation Form.

 

 

 

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs

 

The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk along with Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Peterborough City Council, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council are currently updating their understanding of the accommodation needs of the Travelling Community in the area.

 

Visit our Gypsy and Traveller sites study page if you are a member of the Gypsy and Traveller community and you want to find out more and take part in the study.

 

 

 

 

 

Closed consultations

 

 

Holme-next-the-Sea Neighbourhood Plan

 

Holme-next-the-Sea Parish Council are starting to prepare a neighbourhood plan for Holme-next-the-Sea.

 

Consultation on the first stage in this formal process, an application to the borough council to have a neighbourhood area designated, closed on Monday 18 April 2016.

 

The whole of Holme-next-the-Sea is designated as a neighbourhood area with effect from 21 April 2016.  This enables Holme-next-the-Sea Parish Council to produce a neighbourhood development plan covering the parish area.  A map showing the boundary of the neighbourhood area can be viewed on the Holme-next-the-Sea Neighbourhood Plan page.

 

In determining the application, the borough council has considered the desirability of designating the whole of the area of the parish as a neighbourhood area, and the desirability of maintaining the existing boundaries of areas already designated as neighbourhood areas.  The application was for the whole parish, and the proposed boundary does not overlap with any existing neighbourhood areas in the vicinity.  A public consultation was held for 6 weeks from 7 March to 18 April 2016.  No reasons were identified why a different area should be designated than that applied for. 

 

 

 

Downham Market Neighbourhood Plan

 

Downham Market Town Council are starting to prepare a neighbourhood plan for Downham Market.

 

Consultation on the first stage in this formal process, an application to the borough council to have a neighbourhood area designated, closed on Monday 25 January 2016.

 

The whole of Downham Market Town is designated as a neighbourhood area with effect from today, 27 January 2016.  This enables Downham Market Town Council to produce a neighbourhood development plan covering the town area.  A map showing the boundary of the neighbourhood area can be viewed on the Councils Downham Market Neighbourhood Area webpage.

 

In determining the application, the borough council has considered the desirability of designating the whole of the area of the town as a neighbourhood area, and the desirability of maintaining the existing boundaries of areas already designated as neighbourhood areas.  The application was for the whole town, and there are no existing neighbourhood areas in the vicinity.  A public consultation was held for 7 weeks from 7 December 2015 to 25 January 2016.  No reasons were identified why a different area should be designated than that applied for.

 

 

 

Upwell Neighbourhood Plan

 

Upwell Parish Council are starting to prepare a neighbourhood plan for Upwell.

 

Consultation on the first stage in this formal process, an application to the borough council to have a neighbourhood area designated, closed on Thursday 12 November 2015.

 

The whole of Upwell Parish is designated as a neighbourhood area with effect from 2 December 2015.  This enables Upwell Parish Council to produce a neighbourhood development plan covering the parish area.  A map showing the boundary of the neighbourhood area can be viewed on the Councils website http://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/ by following the links to ‘neighbourhood plans in progress’.

 

In determining the application, the Borough Council has considered the desirability of designating the whole of the area of a parish council as a neighbourhood area, and the desirability of maintaining the existing boundaries of areas already designated as neighbourhood areas. The application was for the whole parish, and there are no existing neighbourhood areas in the vicinity. No reasons were identified why a different area should be designated than that applied for. 

 

 The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), Section 61G

Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Regulations 5 & 6

 

Further consultation opportunities on the content of the emerging neighbourhood plan will be publicised on this page.

 

 

 

Hunstanton Heritage Gardens consultation

 

Consultation on the second stage of the Council’s bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the refurbishment and restoration of Hunstanton Heritage Gardens has now closed.

 

The emerging proposals were displayed on the High Street in Hunstanton on Sunday 29 November, as part of the Christmas lights switch-on event.

 

 

 

Council Tax Support Consultation 2016 to 2017

 

Since April 2013 local Councils have been responsible for designing a scheme to help working age people in their areas on low incomes with the cost of their council tax.  This scheme is known as Council Tax Support (CTS). 

 

Central Government help to fund the scheme although funding was cut by 10% in the first year and continues to reduce. 


We must review and agree our CTS scheme for each financial year.  The consultation period on the proposed scheme for 2016/2017 closed on 30 October 2015.  The final decision on the 2016/2017 Council Tax Support scheme will be made by us no later than 31 January 2016.

 

Further information is available on the Council Tax Support Consultation page.

 

 

 

Major Housing Development - Lynnsport/Marsh Lane

 

The consultation on the planning application for housing on a 5.6-hectare site at Marsh Lane has now closed.  The application will be considered by the Planning Committee on Monday 7 December 2015.

 

The plans are still available to view on the council's planning pages under the reference 15/00828/FM.

 

 

 

Licensing Act 2003

 

As a licensing authority we are required to review our Licensing Act 2003 Policy and as part of that review conduct a public consultation.  The consultation closed on 9 October 2015.  Responses will be considered and the policy updated as appropriate before being submitted to full council for formal approval.

 

 

 

Gambling Act 2005

 

As a licensing authority we are required to review our Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles (Gambling Policy) on a regular basis.  As part of that review we must conduct a public consultation.  The consultation closed on 9 October.  Responses will be considered and the policy updated as appropriate before being submitted to full council for formal approval.

 

 

 

Waste and Recycling Survey

 

This survey was one of the first consultation activities of our new Recycling Reward Scheme.  The results of this survey will provide valuable customer information that will help us develop a campaign and project with residents to help change recycling behaviour.

 

The survey results are now being analysed so that a report can be prepared for members.  The winner of the iPad Mini will be notified in due course.

 

If you are interested in helping to develop our Recycling Rewards campaign and project please register on our Recycling Rewards page.

 

 

 

Major Housing Development - Lynnsport 3

 

Consultation on the pre-application plans for the housing development on a site known as Lynnsport 3 in King's Lynn took place in June and July.

 

Visit the Major Housing Project pages for further updates.

 

 

 

Brancaster Neighbourhood Development Plan

Publication for Comment – Closed 4 June 2015

 

Brancaster Parish Council has prepared a proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan to shape development in the Parish over the coming years.   This was published for 6 weeks for comment.  The consultation period closed on 4 June 2015.

 

The comments received will be used to help an independent examiner and the Borough Council to decide whether the proposed neighbourhood plan meets the statutory tests, and can therefore proceed towards a local referendum on whether it should come into force. 

 

The tests it must meet are (summarised):

 

a)     Supports sustainable development;

b)     General conformity with the strategic policies in the Borough Local Plan;

c)     Has regard to the National planning Policy framework; and

d)     Complies with EU rules on e.g. protection of wildlife/habitats.  

 

The proposed neighbourhood development plan covers the whole of Brancaster Parish, and the period until 2026.  If it is judged to meet the statutory tests and successfully passes a local referendum it will become part of the development plan for the area (alongside the Local Plan), and be used to guide development in the area and determine applications for planning permission.

 

You can view the proposed neighbourhood plan via the planning portal.  You may also use this link to request to be notified of the eventual decision whether the proposed neighbourhood plan is brought into force (Regulation 19 stage), and if so when.

 

Should you have any queries about the above please email ldf@west-norfolk.gov.uk, or telephone 01553 616816.

 

(Regulation 16, The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012)

 

 

 

South Wootton Neighbourhood Development Plan

Publication for Comment – Closed 4 June 2015

South Wootton Parish Council has prepared a proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan to shape development in the Parish over the coming years.   This was published for 6 weeks for comment.  The consultation period closed on 4 June 2015.


The comments received will be used to help an independent examiner and the Borough Council to decide whether the proposed neighbourhood plan meets the statutory tests, and can therefore proceed towards a local referendum on whether it should come into force.

 

The tests it must meet are (summarised):

a) Supports sustainable development;
b) General conformity with the strategic policies in the Borough Local Plan;
c) Has regard to the National planning Policy framework; and
d) Complies with EU rules on e.g. protection of wildlife/habitats. 


The proposed neighbourhood development plan covers the whole of South Wootton Parish, and the period until 2026.  If it is judged to meet the statutory tests and successfully passes a local referendum it will become part of the development plan for the area (alongside the Local Plan), and be used to guide development in the area and determine applications for planning permission.

 

You can view the proposed neighbourhood plan via the planning portal.  You may also use this link to request to be notified of the eventual decision whether the proposed neighbourhood plan is brought into force (Regulation 19 stage), and if so when.

 

Should you have any queries about the above please email ldf@west-norfolk.gov.uk, or telephone 01553 616816.

 

(Regulation 16, The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012)

 

 

 

Residential caravan site licensing conditions

 

Site licence conditions exist to help protect the health, safety and well being of residents.  A number of legislative changes in recent years means that a review of our existing arrangements is needed.  You can read the summary information and associated documents on our Residential caravan site licensing conditions consultation page.

 

This consultation closed on 22 May 2015.

 

 
 

Confirmation of byelaws - acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis.

 

The borough council is considering introducing a new Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme.  Before it can do so, it needed to have in place byelaws that set out the standards of hygiene expected at premises and by practitioners who may wish to participate in the new rating scheme.

 

These byelaws have been produced and have been agreed by the council's cabinet.  They now need to be confirmed by the Secretary of State.    People were invited to send object to the Secretary of Station by 2nd June.

 

The byelaws can be viewed on our Special Treatments and Skin Piercing page.

 

If you require any further information call the Health and Safety section at the borough council on 01553 615734 or email healthandsafety@west-norfolk.gov.uk.

 

 

 

Community Infrastructure Levy

 

Consultation on a preliminary draft charging schedule should the council decide to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy closed on 27 February 2015.

 

The Community Infrastructure Levy came into force in April 2010 allowing local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects to help lever in investment for a wide range of infrastructure needed to support such developments. Whilst the Levy would not necessarily pay for everything required, it would help ensure that growth in the area would be achieved through planned and carefully considered development with the right infrastructure in place.

 

Details of the draft charging schedule, along with supporting documents including a list of potential projects that could be funded from the collected levy is available on our Local Development Framework pages.

 

If, following this consultation, the council decides to introduce a levy, a further draft document would need to be drawn up for examination by the Planning Inspector.

 

 

 

Other ways to have your say

 

In addition to our published consultations, you can also have your say in the following ways: 

 

West Norfolk Quality of Life Survey

 

Every two years the West Norfolk Partnership (of which we are a Partner) carries out an in depth face to face survey with nearly 3,000 residents across the borough. The survey asks residents about their views in relation to:

  • local issues and priorities for the neighbourhood
  • perceptions of crime
  • access to social activities
  • health
  • aspirations
  • sense of belonging
  • levels and community involvement
  • pride
  • quality of life

The results of the survey are used to inform future actions and ensure resources are focused on those things that can really help people feel better about where they live.

 

Summary of the 2011 survey findings (pdf 1.43MB).

Summary of the 2013 survey findings (pdf 2.78MB).  

 

 

Focus groups and forums

 

From time to time, we undertake service specific focus groups, surveys, forums and workshops. These are by invitation or are publicised in the local media and on our website.

 

 

Safer Neighbourhood Action Panels (SNAPs)

 

We are working in partnership with the Police, West Norfolk Partnership and other local agencies where you live to identify and address community concerns. SNAP meetings give you the chance to get more involved and have greater say over what happens in your area by discussing issues at a local level.

 

The panel will be made up of representatives from the Council, Police and other community representatives. As a member of the public you are able to raise any issues of concern in your neighbourhood.

 

To find out more about what is happening in your neighbourhood and how you can attend your nearest meeting, visit the Norfolk Police website.

 

To find out more information, see our Safer Neighbourhood Action Plan page.

 

 

Have your say at a council meeting

 

Members of the public are able to come along to Council Meetings and ask us a question on a topic or service within the Council's control. You are also able to present petitions. Read more about Speaking at a Council Meeting and Presenting a Petition.

 

 

Become a councillor

 

In becoming a borough councillor you can represent the views of your constituents and help them resolve issues they have. It is an opportunity to influence priorities and support the people you represent.

 

Parish and town councils have a large range of powers, and the activities they are involved in are wide ranging. Many parish and town councils are involved in planning, promoting tourism, licensing, community halls, representation, management of town and village centres and providing community halls and by becoming a parish councillor you can have an influence on some of these things.

 

To find out more, see our becoming a Councillor page.

 

 

Become a school governor or magistrate

 

You can become involved in your community and have your say by becoming a school governor or Magistrate. Read more about becoming a School Governor or Magistrate.

 

 

Feedback to us directly

 

We always welcome your feedback on our services. Read more about How to Make a Complaint, Comment or Compliment.

 

Last updated: 06 June 2016
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