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Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Regulation 16 Stage 


Ringstead parish council have been working on the development of a neighbourhood plan since the area was designated in February 2021. The neighbourhood plan will be a document that sets out planning policies for the Parish and these will be used, alongside the local plan, to decide whether planning applications are approved or not. It’s a community document, drafted after consultation with local people who know and love the area.


The following email has been received from the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Planning Department:

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (amended by the Localism Act 2011) Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan 2021-2036: consultation under Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Regulation 16 (as amended)


Dear Sir/ Madam


The Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan 2021-2036 was submitted to the Borough Council in April 2024 for independent examination. The Neighbourhood Plan sets out a series of locally distinctive, non-strategic development plan policies relating to the Parish of Ringstead. These include policies relating to housing mix and design, the natural/ historic environment, protecting community facilities, and improving transport/ accessibility.


In order to prepare the Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan for independent examination, it is necessary to undertake a statutory consultation under the 2012 Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, Regulation 16 . This consultation, hosted by the Borough Council (as local planning authority), relates to the “basic conditions”; the tests that the Neighbourhood Plan needs to pass before it can proceed to referendum and “making” (adoption).


You are being notified about this consultation as you represent a statutory consultation body or have previously expressed an interest in the Neighbourhood Plan and have stated that you would like to be notified in future about the Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan and/ or its progress.


For all other queries or if you wish to respond to the consultation, please refer to our Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan, which includes a consultation portal for you to submit your representations. All duly made Regulation 16 representations will be forwarded to an independent Neighbourhood Plan examiner (to be appointed), who will refer to these in assessing whether the Plan fulfils the “basic conditions”.


The consultation will commence at 9.00am on Friday, 14 June 2024 and ends at 11.59pm on Friday, 26 July 2024. Please note that only comments received by this time can be taken into account. Any comments made after the consultation period may be discarded.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

A diagram below shows the process:



Main Documents

Progress has been made gathering evidence and putting together key supporting assessments for the development of the neighbourhood plan. These include:


Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Regulation 15 version

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Consultation Statement

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Statement of Basic Conditions

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the March 2024 


Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Report to Inform Habitats Regulations Assessment March 2024

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Evidence Base - January 2024

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Views Assessment 2024

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Green Space Assessment 2023

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Non-Designated Heritage Assets Assessment 2023


Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Design Codes and Guidance  2022 (commissioned by AECOM)

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Housing Needs Assessment 2022 (commissioned by AECOM)

Ringstead Neighbourhood Plan - Site Assessment 2022

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