Issue details

Adoption of the Thetford Area Action Plan

That Council adopts the Thetford Area Action Plan as part of the Council’s Local Plan for the area

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Has a significant effect on Communitites in two or more Wards of the Council;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: Harling & Heathlands; (All Wards);

Decision due: 5 Jul 2012 by Council

Lead member: Councillor Mark Kiddle-Morris, Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development

Lead director: Executive Director Strategy & Resources and Head of Paid Service

Contact: David Spencer, Joint Deputy Planning Manager Email:

Consultation process

At the Council meeting on 7 November 2011 it was agreed to submit the Thetford Area Action Plan for Examination.  The Examination Hearings took place on 6 and 7 March 2012.  As per the recommendation to Council on the 7 November 2011, a number of minor modifications were made to the document during the Hearings to aid clarity and improve presentation.  Following the Examination Hearings, the Inspector instructed that the Council undertake two further consultations on the Thetford Area Action Plan following the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  The second consultation was to include a policy linking back to the NPPF.  The report to Council is required in order for the Council to formally adopt the document.  The adoption process will include notifying those who made representations on the Plan; a statutory notice in the Local Press and updating the website.  Adopting the Area Action Plan will provide a stronger local policy framework for guiding investment and development in Thetford as well as giving the Council greater control over development proposals (including the Urban Extension application).  Adopting the TAAP will also enable the Council to demonstrate a five year housing land requirement which will provide control elsewhere in the District.



The Thetford Area Action Plan has been subject to the following consultation:


  • Issues and Options Consultation – 23/6 to 5/8/2008
  • Preferred Options Consultation – 23/2 to 3/4/2009
  • Draft Final Consultation – 24/1 to 4/3/2011
  • Publication – 30/8 to 11/10/2011
  • Post Examination Hearings – 19/3 to 21/5/2012

Agenda items


  • Thetford Area Action Plan - Adopted Version and Thetford Area Action Plan - Inspectors Report