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Welcome to “The Aylsham Neighbourhood Plan” Website

This plan is our community’s opportunity to shape and guide development that will take place in our area and make sure that it is appropriate to our needs and aspirations. We can have a real say in where it goes and how it looks!

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 claims 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.

Like many historic market towns, Aylsham’s heritage and local environment setting are its defining assets, and local residents are proud and protective of those features that give the town its individuality.


Stage Progress Completed

Getting Started

The Neighbour Plan process has taken several years due to a variety of factors that has delayed progress but the current work really began in earnest in summer 2015

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Identifying Issues

An initial survey was created in October 2013. This was based on various consultation exercises with residents, businesses and schools

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Vision and Objectives

An initial vision was created but this was refined in October 2016. Following responses to the Scoping Report this will be reviewed in November 2017

Regulation 14 Pre-submission Consultations

6-week consultation on Aylsham Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Version started on December 7th 2017 and closed on Friday January 19th 2018

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Scoping Report

This was the task for summer 2017. Trevor Bennett and Sue Lake undertook this work and have found out all sorts of data on Aylsham. The document is available on the website and also a summary.

The Scoping Report has been sent to the Statutory Consultees and their feedback has been received and will be discussed at the November 1st meeting.

The Plan!

An initial draft has been prepared and the details have been fleshed out following the December 2017 event. The remaining supporting documents are now being worked on.


by Broadland District Council

Once the plan and supporting documents are complete everything goes to Broadland for a final review. This will take six week

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Once the plan is written it then has to be examined. The first stage will be for Broadland District Council to carry out a final check to ensure it is not in conflict with the local plan or national policy.

This has now been completed and the plan has been forwarded to the Examiner.

They will then arrange for an independent examination and the appointed examiner will look at the plan in detail, ensure it meets all legal requirements and local and national planning policies, is compatible with other Neighbourhood plans in the area and contributes to sustainable development

The Examiners report will include one of the following recommendations

1.That the plan should proceed to a referendum

2. That the plan should proceed to a referendum subject to certain amendments

3. That the plan should not proceed.


On the presumption that the report recommends 1 or 2 and the working group is happy with any suggestions then the next stage is for the residents to vote on the plan.

This will be a standard voting procedure open to all registered voters in the town


The vote was in favour of the plan and it has therefore been adopted and the planning authority (Broadland District Council) must take it into account when determining planning applications