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Get involved in planning

The Town and Country Planning System is one of the most important tools for managing development in areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs). Development isn't prohibited in the area but it should be managed carefully and with due regard to the purpose of designation - the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty. 

The system includes public consultation on draft plans and planning applications, so anyone can participate and use it to help to care for the area's special landscape and settlement, the vitality and character of its communities, and its unique wildlife.

Information about local planning and taking part in consultation on local plans and planning applications can be found in our planning and development section.

You can find ten tips for effective involvement in local planning in this simple guide.

The Integrated Landscape Character Guidance for the Norfolk Coast AONB contains a wealth of detailed information about the area's landscape character, how it has developed and guidance for conserving and enhancing it. Useful for community groups and individuals involved in developing or commenting on local plans and proposals.

A Sense of Place Toolkit was produced by Norfolk Rural Community Council - now merged with West Norfolk Voluntary Community Association to become Community Action Norfolk. The toolkit was produced with the help of a grant from the Norfolk Coast Partnership's Sustainable Development Fund to provide support and guidance for groups producing Parish Plans and Village Design Statements, but it is useful for the development of all sorts of local plans and projects that relate to the local environment.

For a local perspective on planning in the AONB, see the Friends of North Norfolk web site