Like many historic coastal villages, Heacham’s heritage interest and local environment setting are its defining assets, and local residents are both proud and protective of those features that give the village its sense of place and sense of identity.
The Heacham Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led document for guiding the future development of the parish. This plan is our community’s opportunity to shape and guide development that will take place in our area up until 2036, and make sure that it is appropriate to our needs and aspirations. If successful at referendum it will become part of the statutory development plan for the area.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
The introduction of neighbourhood planning is part of wider challenges to the planning system in the Localism Act 2011. The Act aims to shift decision making from central government to communities and councils. Neighbourhood planning helps town and parish councils to prepare a plan for their area, in close consultation with residents, businesses and other local organisations. Neighbourhood Plans are for the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of everyone in the community.
Heacham Parish Council have submitted their proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan. This is soon being published for comment during the period Tuesday 6th April 00:01am to Tuesday 1st June 17:00pm. Any interested person may send comment to the Borough Council during this period.
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.
More detail on the consultation process can be found here: Heacham Reg.16 event
The final version of the Heacham Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available in the Evidence Documents tab under the Key Documents section of this website