The Planning Process
Community or Parish councils have the right to make comments on planning applications affecting their area.
The planning authority (which is usually Broadland Council) allows a parish council 21 days to respond to a planning application. The application will be considered by the Community Council at the next council meeting and will feature on the agenda as an item to be discussed. Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings and can speak during the public participation item on the agenda to give their views on a planning application. They are also encouraged to provide their own comments on Broadland Council's planning pages.
If there is not a meeting within the 21 days, the Community Council is usually able to extend the time-limit. Whilst the overall decision is the planning authority’s, the Community Council’s local knowledge, combined with an understanding of the planning process, means that its views are more likely to be heard by the planning authority, so long as the Community Council provides valid planning ‘material considerations’.
The Community Council’s comments can be found on Broadland Council’s planning pages.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk.
The Rackheath Neighbourhood Plan was formally adopted in 2017.
An added bonus of having a Neighbourhood Plan in place is that the parish will also receive a greater proportion of the developer contributions received. This will mean more money to spend on community infrastructure within Rackheath.
Please get in contact with the Community Council if you would like to be involved in putting into action local projects such as new community woodland, allotments, green space, local heritage, upgrading sports and community facilities, and making sure we get the best services from the planned development.
Download the Rackheath Neighbourhood Plan (PDF, 10MB)