Norfolk Strategic Planning Member Forum

The next meeting of the Norfolk Strategic Planning Member Forum will be on 28 January 2019 at County Hall.

The Forum oversees the production of the Norfolk Strategic Planning Framework (NSPF) document on behalf of all the local planning authorities in Norfolk.

Local planning authorities, county councils and public bodies have a legal responsibility to work together on strategic matters when preparing Local Plans. This is called the Duty to Cooperate.

The NSPF provides a structure for tackling these planning issues across the county, especially those which have a strategic impact across local authority boundaries. It includes guidance relating to housing, economic growth, infrastructure and the environment. The NSPF informs the Local Plans produced by all the authorities.

The latest version of the NSPF was published in March 2018 after consultation in 2017. Download the latest version of the Norfolk Strategic Planning Framework.

The Government published a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in July 2018. It sets out that authorities should produce, maintain, and update one or more statement(s) of common ground throughout the plan making process. Read the full guidance on the website.

The NSPF has been updated in parts to meet the new requirements and the forum will review the document at the January 2019 meeting.

A fuller review of the NSPF will be carried out in 2019, to take account of any new information including on housing needs and elderly housing.

The Forum has no executive powers. Decision making remains with each of the participating planning authorities. Read the full Terms of Reference of the Forum.

Members of the Norfolk Strategic Planning Member Forum

  • Cllr John Fuller (Chairman) – South Norfolk Council
  • Cllr Karen Ward – North Norfolk District Council
  • Cllr Mike Stonard – Norwich City Council
  • Cllr Ian Moncur – Broadland District Council
  • Cllr Melanie Vigo di Gallidoro – Broads Authority
  • Cllr Carl Annison – Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Cllr Gordon Bambridge – Breckland Council
  • Cllr Stuart Clancy – Norfolk County Council
  • Cllr Richard Blunt – King’s Lynn and West Norfolk District Council


The forum brings elected Members from each authority together on a quarterly basis.

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