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Civil Parish of Great Ellingham

The first stage consultation was undertaken from 8th January to 16th March 2018 on the request from Great Ellingham Parish Council for an extension to the southern boundary of the parish of Great Ellingham to meet the natural boundary provided by the A11; which currently lies within the parish of Attleborough (Queens and Besthorpe Parish ward).


The 2007 (Local Government and Public Involvement in Health) Act requires principal councils to ensure that a community governance review:

• Reflects the identities and interests of the community in that area • Is effective and convenient

• Takes into account any other arrangements for the purpose of community representation or community engagement

When considering this, the Council must have regard to two key principles

• The impact of community governance arrangements on community cohesion, and

• The size population and boundaries of any new local community or parish

The recommendations must take account of any representations received and should be supported by evidence that demonstrates any proposed arrangements take account of these criteria. It is desirable that a parish council should reflect a distinctive and recognisable community of place, with its own sense of identity. The views of local communities and inhabitants are of central importance. The focus of people’s day-to-day activities may not be reflected in their feeling of community identity. The feeling of local community and the wishes of local inhabitants are the primary considerations.


Section 95 of The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (LGPIH) sets out the considerations which must be made when making changes (if any) to the electoral arrangements which apply to a parish council. In this instance 95 (5) (c) applies the desirability of fixing boundaries which are, and will remain, easily identifiable. The proposed boundary proposed by Great Ellingham parish council does not meet these criteria.

From a geographical perspective there is logic in the view that this area should be incorporated within the civil parish of Great Ellingham. However, the logic also applies to the entire area south of the B1077 and east of the A11 which form an easily identifiable parish boundary.

Second Stage Consultation

The Community Governance Review Sub Committee considered the responses to the first stage of the consultation and agreed that the second stage consultation should be on extending the parish boundary to the natural boundary of the B1077, in line with DCLG guidance that boundaries should be and remain easily identifiable. A map of the revised area for the second stage consultation is shown here:

Civil Parish – stage 2 map




Orbit Homes Planning Appeal 

Planning appeal by Orbit Homes (2020) Ltd  – Residential development for 39 dwellings

The appeal will be heard over three days, commencing at 10am on 2 August 2016. The appeal is being held at the recreation centre. The appeal reference number is APP/F2605/W/16/3143092 and the details can be found here:

Please note you have to enter the last seven digits of the appeal reference number only. Alternatively, the application, plans and the appeal file of the proposed development may be inspected at the Development Control Section, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham.

An extraordinary meeting of the parish council is being held on Thursday 7 April 2016, to review and agree the parish council’s submission to the planning inspector, in relation to the Orbit Homes planning appeal.

Further information and documents can be found on the Breckland District council website by searching the original planning reference:


Breckland Local Plan 


Local Plan Working Group for Interim Site Allocations and Settlement Boundaries Consultation

A meeting was held at Attleborough Town Hall on 22 July. This was to hear about Breckland District Council’s  preparation of an interim consultation document on site allocations and settlement boundaries, which is due for consultation in September this year. As Breckland District Council work towards finalising the content of that consultation document, they invited Parish Councils to attend a Local Plan Working Groups, where Members of the Working Group discussed the emerging findings and invited representatives to submit any comments they may have. Originally, the local plan proposed 179 new homes for Great Ellingham, over a 20 year period to 2036. However, this proposal has been reduced to 40 houses for the village over this period. At the moment this is a provisional suggestion only, as the Local Plan process is still underway, so is subject to change.

Breckland Council is preparing a new Local Plan. Once adopted in early 2017 this will guide development in the district over the next 20 years. The new Local Plan will set out the policies against which future planning applications are assessed.

Consultations are taking place at the following times and places:

Local plan consultation poster

More information can be found on the Breckland District Council website:

There will be an extraordinary parish council meeting on 17 February 2016 to discuss the proposals and agree comments for submission.

The decisions taken by Breckland will shape the future of the village and the surrounding area over the next 20 years so it is important to receive as much feedback as possible. Feedback can be submitted directly via the Breckland website.

This is a copy of the presentation given at the meeting of 17 February 2016. It summarises the parish council’s response to Breckland:

Breckland Local Plan 2016 – 2036 Final







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