Watton Neighbourhood Plan
Watton Neighbourhood Plan
Results of the referendum undertaken 18.01.24
Update 13/12/2023: Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
On Thursday 18 January the Watton Neighbourhood Plan will be put to a Parish Referendum.
Those residents entitled to vote will be asked to answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the following question: ‘Do you want Breckland District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Watton to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area?’
If more than 50% of the turnout vote ‘Yes”, Breckland District Council will be legally required to ‘make’ (adopt) the Neighbourhood Plan as part of its planning framework. This means the planning policies of the Plan will have to be taken into account in making planning decisions.
The Referendum Version of the Plan can be viewed https://www.breckland.gov.uk/media/21166/Information-for-Voters-Watton-Neighbourhood-Plan-Referendum/pdf/Information_for_Voters__Watton_Neighbourhood_Plan_Referendum.pdf?m=638376544789370000
Printed copies of the referendum version Plan have are available to view at the Town Council office between 9am and 1pm and Watton Library during opening hours.
Update 12/06/2023: Independant examination of the Watton Neighbourhood plan 2021 – 2036 letter
In April 2017 the Town Council agreed to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan that will, when complete, form part of the statutory town planning framework for the area. Following a number of early consultation events and the preparation of detailed studies, we have now reached the formal “Pre-Submission” stage.
We consulted on the draft Neighbourhood Plan between February and the beginning of April 2022. You can view the Draft Neighbourhood Plan here
We also produced a Summary Leaflet that was distributed to every household and business in Watton.
All comments received are now being reviewed and necessary amendments will be made to the Plan before it is submitted to Breckland District Council. The District Council will then carry out further consultation before the Plan is the subject of scrutiny by an independent Neighbourhood Plan Examiner. The Examiner will decide whether amendments are required to the Plan whether Breckland District Council should hold a Referendum for those on the Electoral Register in Watton to approve the Plan. If the Plan is approved at the Referendum, Breckland District Council will use the planning policies within it when determining planning applications in the town.
The following supporting documents have been prepared to back up the content of the Neighbourhood Plan.
Watton High Street Design Code Report 2020
Steering Group Notes
All Neighbourhood Plan documents and notes are available to view at the Town Council office by appointment.
NP notes 30th November 2021
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Questionnaire. Please see initial example results that were presented at Watton’s Annual Town Meeting.
Drainage Group https://wattonsahamfloodaction.org.uk/
To View Norfolk County Council Flood Investigation Report on Watton, Please click the below link and scroll to the bottom of the page https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling-and-planning/flood-and-water-management/flood-investigations