The Draft Plan (Pre-Submission Version) has been revised as a result of the comments received during the formal consultation. This revised Plan will be sent formally to Breckland Council at the end of January 2021. This is called the Submission Stage. With it go two other documents: (1) the Consultation Statement (describing how all the information was gathered and the process of receiving comments from the public and taking action where needed) and (2) the Basic Conditions Statement describing how the whole process has complied with the regulations.

Before this happens, Breckland need to do various compliance checks and this is currently happening. There’s a queue of neighbourhood plans in Breckland and  another one has taken far longer than expected so we’ve been pushed back. As far as the Neighbourhood Plan team is concerned we are ready, but have to follow due process.

The Plan and all the supporting documents (some are very long!) will be posted online when the Plan goes to Breckland.

Our special thanks go to Sue and her staff at Kings Stores who have displayed posters and leaflets and acted as our post office throughout the project.

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t made the process easier as the team has had to manage with only using electronic communications for a year. Video meetings are no substitute for face-to-face meetings.


Coronovirus pandemic: We give out information of particular interest to local businesses. Unless otherwise stated, these bulletins are issued just after the day’s press briefing.

  • Business update: opening times. Read it here
  • Business update 13 May. Read it here


17 February 2020.  The consultation for the Plan is now closed.  We are now collating all the comments made, then we will review them and consider what revisions need to be made. All the comments made and our reponses will be published on this website when they are ready, but it will take a while.

Meanwhile the Plan and its supporting documents can be seen by clicking the buttons.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN (pre-submission consultation version)





Comments about the Plan are still welcome even though the consultation is officially closed.   Please download a comment form and send it back to info@np4nb.online. 

We will acknowledge your comments.  All comments will be posted online in March 2020 but we will withold your identity if requested.

We look forward to hearing from you.                                                                                                                                                                                       The Neighbourhood Plan Team



The Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan

What is it?
The Plan will guide our Parish Council and Breckland District Council as to what we want for our village over the next 20 years.

What will be in the Plan?
A whole range of issues such as traffic, wildlife, housing, village activities, heritage, recreation and tourism.

Will anybody take any notice of it?
Yes, because the Plan will become a legal document under the Localism Act (2011) and must be used as a guide if any changes are to be made in the village.

Can I be involved?
Yes!  We’ve done our big survey of residents’ opinion and next we’ll be involving other organisations as mentioned above and village groups such the under-16s and their parents.  At any time you can email the team or post a post on our Facebook page.

The Neighbourhood Plan is important for the village so we need to know what people think.  We welcome your comments – just email them to  info@NP4NB.online.   We will read them all and put them on the blog.  Have a look at our Facebook page as well.

Useful links:
New Buckenham Parish Council   www.newbuckenhampc.info
Breckland District Council www.breckland.gov.uk



New Buckenham’s neighbourhood planning working party. 

We are financially supported in large part by Locality, the grant funding body for community projects.