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

 

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 needs 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.  Anyone wishing to object to the byelaws can do so in writing direct to:

 

The Department for Communities and Local Government Byelaws Team,

2 NE Fry Building,

2 Marsham Street,

London SW1P 4DF

 

Or by emailing byelaws@communities.gsi.gov.uk

 

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

 

The deadline for objections to be made is 2 June 2015. 

 

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.

 

 

Brancaster Neighbourhood Development Plan

Publication for Comment – Closing Date 5pm, 4 June 2015

 

Brancaster Parish Council has prepared a proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan to shape development in the Parish over the coming years.   This is now being published for 6 weeks for comment, and any person interested may submit comments on the plan to the Borough Council by 5pm 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 and comment on 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 – Closing  Date 5pm, 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 is now being published for 6 weeks for comment, and any person interested may submit comments on the plan to the Borough Council by 5pm 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 and comment on 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.  Before completing the consultation response form you will need to read the summary information and associated documents on our Residential caravan site licensing conditions consultation page.

 

This consultation is open until 5pm on 22 May 2015.

 

Closed consultations

   

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: 30 April 2015
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