Local Plan Monitor – March

Welcome to the third edition of our Local Plan Monitor. We trust you will find this information helpful as you go about your business for the month ahead.

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council have announced an extension to their ongoing Draft Local Plan Review and Call for Sites consultation. The consultation will now run until 5pm on 29 April 2019. The Local Plan will combine the current Core Strategy with the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan, running to a 2036 end date.

North Norfolk

North Norfolk District Council has announced it intends to run its First Draft Local Plan (Part 1) consultation from 7 May until 19 June 2019. This consultation period will also include the opportunity to comment on the Draft Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), Draft Landscape Character Assessment SPD, and Draft Landscape Sensitivity Assessment SPD.


The Harlow Council Local Plan is currently undergoing independent examination following its submission to the Secretary of State in September 2018. Public Hearing sessions have now opened and are running from 28 March to Thursday 4 April.

Bedford and Central Bedfordshire

Bedford Borough Council have recently released their provisional schedule for public Hearing dates for their Local Plan examination. The currently anticipated sessions are between 27 May and 28 July 2019. Additionally, neighbouring Central Bedfordshire Council have released preliminary dates for their Local Plan Examination, indicating Hearings are anticipated in May 2019.


Following previous public Hearing sessions for their Local Plan Examination, Broxbourne Borough Council have proposed main modifications of a single issue to be considered within the scope of the examination. As such the Inspector has opened a new public Hearing date of 11 June 2019 to discuss Issue 6.1 “Brookfield”. Written representations are also being accepted up to the deadline of midday 17 May 2019.


Uttlesford District Council have recently released their provisional dates for public Hearing sessions for their Local Plan examination. These are anticipated to take place in the weeks beginning 1 July and 15 July 2019.

Suffolk Coastal

Following review of the comments and representations made regarding the Submission Draft Local Plan in February 2019, Suffolk Coastal District Council intends to submit its Local Plan to the Secretary of State at the end of March or April 2019. Examination Hearings are expected later in the year.


On the 20 March, Waveney District Council adopted its new Local Plan. This new Plan will run until 2036 and sets out the core growth and strategic planning policies for the District.

Live Local Plan Consultations

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Upcoming Local Plan Consultations

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Other Lanpro News

ISO accreditation

Lanpro has recently achieved ISO Certification in respect of Environmental Management (14001), Quality Management Systems (9001) and Occupational Health and Safety (45001).

Rural Small Sites Planning Permissions

We have secured three separate planning permissions, on appeal, for small sites in rural locations. The sites are all in Breckland Council’s administrative area. The development proposals were for: the conversion of a barn to two dwellings at Kenninghall; three dwellings at Whinburgh; and the retention and use of a mobile home as an office (Besthorpe). These cases involved arguing the sustainability credentials of the sites (where there is a lack of 5 year housing land supply) and in particular, whether or not inhabitants of the approved developments would have adequate access to shops and services.

Lord Williams School Development Brief adoption

Lanpro were instructed in 2018 by Lord William’s School / Oxfordshire County Council to prepare a Development Brief (DB) for a residential led mixed-use proposal on the Lower School Site, in Thame. Following formal submission of the DB, Thame Town Council resolved to adopt the document at their Full Council meeting of 26th February 2019.

Team Promotions

We are pleased to announce a couple of promotions in our Norwich office, within the rapidly expanding planning team. Hannah Smith has been promoted to Associate Director and will continue to manage a number of key client accounts with a focus on developing business in the property sector. Jane Crichton has been promoted to Senior Associate Planner and will manage a range of projects with a focus on growing the business in the renewables and agricultural sectors.

Further Information

For more information, please do get in contact. Within the East of England, we also monitor Council’s 5-year Housing Land Supply Position, and the progress of Neighbourhood Plans.


Planning Team

Email: planningteam@lanproservices.co.uk

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