NEW – keep fit at Necton Community Centre

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Job Vacancy – Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Necton Parish Council is recruiting a new Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer.  Necton is a large village, with approximately 2,000 residents and a Council of nine Members.  In addition to monthly Council meetings, there is one committee, for the function of the Council as Trustee of Necton Rural Community Centre.  This committee presently meets six times a year.

The post is for 24 hours per week, including attendance at evening meetings.  The successful applicant will work mainly form the Parish Council office and be expected to be well organised and self-motivated, ensuring that work is prioritised and completed in a timely manner.  The successful applicant will be required to provide professional support and guidance in all aspects of the Parish Council’s work, including procedure and finance. Previous experience is desirable but not essential as training will be provided.

An application pack, including job description, person specification and application form can be downloaded (see links below) or requested from the current Clerk via or by post to Necton Parish Office, 13 Tun’s Road, Necton.  PE37 8EH.  Informal discussion is welcome to the outgoing Clerk, Gabbie Joyce on 01760 721665.

Parish Clerk application pack February 2018

Parish Clerk application form – word document for electronic completion

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

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February Council meeting agenda published

Our agenda for February’s Council meeting has been published – read and download here.

Items to be discussed include:

  • new planning applications – variations on existing applications, new household extension
  • open space management – what this might look like in Necton
  • CPR & Defibrillator training – opportunity for village residents

Plus updates on progress with ongoing matters.

As always, our meetings are open to the public and provide an early opportunity for people to make comment / ask questions about items on the agenda before Council make decisions.


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Job Vacancy – Parish Assistant at Necton Parish Council

Necton Parish Council is recruiting an Assistant who will provide administrative support to the Parish Clerk.  Principal responsibilities include community centre bookings, responding to routine correspondence, researching projects and supporting the general administrative function of the Council.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working within an administrative setting, confidence in dealing with a variety of queries by phone, email and in person and a willingness to learn and use new skills and ideally, but not essential, some experience within the charity sector.

Full training will be given and the post will work closely with the Clerk and alongside other members of the team.

Parish Assistant application pack (Jan2018)

Hours: 10 hours a week, ideally worked in the office 2-3 days a week, times to be agreed.

Salary: £8.75 per hour

For an informal chat, contact the Clerk, Gabbie Joyce, on 01760 721665 or drop into our office at the Community Centre.

Closing date for applications: 22 February 2018

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Sing your Song at Necton on 23 February 2018

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Extra planning application for consideration by Parish Council on Monday, 8 January

We have been invited to consult on a planning application for a new single dwelling, north east of 45 Kett’s Hill.  Follow this link to see the application on Breckland Council’s planning portal:

This application will be included in the January Parish Council Meeting under item 7.3

Read and download the agenda for this meeting here:

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Agenda for January’s Parish Council Meeting is published

Necton Parish Council’s first meeting of 2018, is Monday, 8 January, starting at 7.30 pm.

Some of the items on the agenda:

  • A report from Mr Wray of Anglian Water – an update on progress with flooding issues in the village.
  • Consideration of new planning applications
  • Decisions on budget and precept for 2018/19

See the full agenda here.

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Traffic restrictions on A47 for improvement works

Highways England has notified the need for traffic restrictions on the A47 to facilitate maintenance and improvement.

Location: full closure of A47 from the A47 / Castle Acre Road roundabout in Swaffham to the A47 / Dereham Road / Swaffham Road roundabout.

When: Thursday 18 January to Monday 19 February between 8 PM and 6 AM on Weekdays only.

To keep up to date with this and other traffic works, visit


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Breckland Local Plan submitted to Planning Inspectorate for consideration

Notification of submission of Breckland Local Plan and Policies Maps – The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012: Submission of documents and information to the Secretary of State (Regulation 22)

In accordance with Regulation 22(3) of the above, Breckland Council gives notice that it has submitted the Breckland Local Plan and Policies Maps to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 30th November 2017 for independent examination.

In accordance with section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) Inspector Jonathan Manning BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the above-named Local Plan is sound.

Breckland District Council have appointed a Programme Officer, based at the Breckland Council Office, as the point of contact and to organise and administer the examination process under the guidance of the appointed Inspector:

Charlotte Brennan

Programme Officer

Direct dial: 01362 656296

The Local Plan submission documents, representations and supporting documents can be viewed on the council’s website: Hard copies of the Local Plan submission documents, supporting evidence and copies of the representations made during the pre-submission consultation are available for inspection at the Breckland Council Offices during standard opening hours 9am-5pm:

The Submission documents consist of the following:

Local Plan: Regulation 19 Pre-Submission Publication
Local Plan Policies Map
Sustainability Appraisal Pre-Submission
Habitats Regulations Assessment
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
Issues and Options Consultation
Issues and Options Sustainability Appraisal
Preferred Directions: Part 1 Policies
Preferred Directions: Part 2 Sites
Part 1 Sustainability Appraisal
Part 2 Sustainability Appraisal
Preferred Sites and Settlement Boundaries consultation
Interim Sustainability Appraisal
Consultation Statement
Consultation Statement Appendices
Statement of Community Involvement
Local Development Scheme
Duty to Co-Operate Statement
PAS Soundness Checklist
PAS Legal Checklist
Local Plan Pre-Submission Comments and Response Schedule
Equality Impact Assessment
Annual Monitoring Report (2015/16)
Minor Modifications
Arrangement for inspection of submission documents

Electronic copies of the submission documents together with hard copies of the Pre-Submission Publication (including accompanying Sustainability Appraisal) are available for inspection at the following locations;


Attleborough Library, 31 Connaught Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2BW:

Community and Enterprise Centre, Church Street, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AH:


Breckland Council, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1EE:

Dereham Library, 59 High Street, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DZ:


Swaffham Library, The Pightle, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7DF:

Town Hall, London Street, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7DQ:


Thetford Library, Raymond Street, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2EA:

Breckland House, St Nicholas Street, Thetford, Norfolk,  IP24 1BT:


Watton Library, George Trollope Road, Watton, Norfolk, IP25 6AS:

Wayland House, High Street, Watton, IP25 6AR:
Copies of the other evidence base submission documents can also be made available for inspection at the Council Offices upon request.

At this stage the Local Plan is not subject to consultation. Representations received during the pre-submission consultation can be viewed on the Council’s consultation portal

The Breckland Local Plan will now be subjected to an independent examination to be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate. This is a continuous process running from the date of submission through to the receipt of the appointed Planning Inspector’s Report. Part of this process will involve hearing sessions where those invited to attend will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the appointed Planning Inspector. Once confirmed, all details relating to the examination process will be advertised and made available online.

For further information please contact Breckland Planning Policy Team on 01362 656870

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Vanguard Wind Farm – Necton Parish Council’s response to Statutory Consultation

Necton Parish Council considered their response to the statutory pre-application consultation at their meeting on 04 December 2018.  It was agreed to engage within the consultation and provide comment on matters contained within the Preliminary Environment Impact Report, published by Vattenfall.

Read this Council’s consultation response here.

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