Breckland Council

A mid Norfolk town has been given fresh advice ahead of an upcoming public event.

A Norfolk council has fined a man £80 after he threw a plastic bag of dog poo over his garden fence.

The owners of a former Norfolk nightclub have been given permission to add two rooms to their controversial development.

A date has been announced for the re-opening of a newly refurbished £1.5 million sports facility.

Permission has been given for a former bank building to be turned into a café with a soft play area.

Several small businesses in Breckland have been given a cash boost after winning a share of a £100,000 grant fund.

A council which spent £8m on a golf club secretly agreed to sell it months ago, but kept the public in the dark about it while telling Conservative election candidates the confidential information.

A rapidly-growing market town could be in line for even more new homes, with a bid to build up to 80 homes being its latest proposed development.

Toilets at an interchange have been closed to the public due to vandalisation.

A domestic abuse charity is one of several groups to receive a boost in funding aimed at improving health and wellbeing in Breckland.

A historic former school site in the middle of a market town could be turned into housing under new proposals.

A town station could almost double its car parking spaces - using land from a council allotment.

A Norfolk councillor who distributed thousands of leaflets in his ward criticising the rise in council tax has been accused of “sad, misleading, gutter politics”.

Serious questions have been asked by councillors about why an expected road improvement tied to housing growth in Dereham has been deemed “undeliverable”.

One of the country’s largest funeral directors wants to build a new crematorium on farmland in a Norfolk village.

Cans of an unidentified substance have been left at a woodland spot.

A meeting to discuss a recent run of anti-social behaviour in a town has been held.

A Norfolk market town stands to double in size over the next 25 years after plans to build 4,000 homes were approved by councillors.

The fate of a major homes development which will close to double a Norfolk market town in size will be sealed today.

A decision is set to be made today on plans to build a new business park in Dereham which could be turned down after council officers warned the “oppressive” development would have a “detrimental impact”.

As part of the Your Town series, we are casting a close eye on life in some of our biggest towns. Reporter Donna-Louise Bishop takes a look at the very heart of Norfolk: Dereham.

There have been more than 3,000 reports of dog fouling in Norfolk over the past three years - but only 22 people have been taken to court.

A mid Norfolk entrepreneur has spoken about how the problems facing those looking to start new businesses in a market town are damaging the high street.

Taxpayers in Broadland will not see a council tax hike for the upcoming financial year.

Council tax bills are set to rise in Breckland after an increase was approved by councillors.

Breckland Council is set to decide on the rate of council tax for the following year at a meeting later today.

A serious shortage in the number of outdoor sports spaces and play areas in Dereham, which has left some sports teams without enough pitches to play on, is to be addressed by the town council.

A public consultation is underway to gather people’s views on proposed changes to Breckland Council’s draft Local Plan, which will act as a blueprint for the district’s growth until 2036.

A programme tackling loneliness and promoting creativity and volunteering in some of Norfolk’s isolated villages has won an award.

Villagers have launched a campaign to save and reopen an 18th century pub which once served as the hub of a mid-Norfolk community.

A report has revealed the gender pay gap for council staff has narrowed but men are still getting paid five times more in bonuses than women.

Developers have withdrawn plans to build 25 new homes in Watton after recommendations were made to Breckland Council for it to be refused.

Plans for 26 homes to be built in a Norfolk village have been refused on the grounds of safety over contaminated land.

Plans for a new state-of-the-art police station in Swaffham have been given the green light.

Plans for 40 homes to be built in a small mid-Norfolk village with no doctor’s surgery and poor transport to nearby towns will go ahead despite objections raised by villagers.

A team of volunteers took to the streets of Dereham on Saturday to clean up the town.

A small village is set to see hundreds more homes built, in plans which will also bring a new roundabout at a dangerous junction close to a primary school.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham to be re-opened.

A village is set to almost double in size after two separate applications for nearly 250 homes were submitted for approval.

A new event aimed at cleaning up Dereham town centre is set to take place this weekend.

A small village north of Dereham could potentially grow in size after plans for 40 new homes were submitted for approval.

Three community projects aimed at young people, the homeless and former offenders will benefit from more than £55,000 of funding.

Neighbours of a factory which recently apologised for flooding near homes which caused a “rotting flesh smell” were visibly upset as they voiced their frustration at a public meeting on Saturday.

Plans to build a new mid Norfolk police station as part of the force’s vision for the future of policing in the county have been earmarked for approval.

A rural transport scheme has launched an innovative new project to help people overcome barriers to getting back into employment.

A district council will hold a free open evening in an effort to encourage local residents to stand as councillors.

A council roadshow which has visited various towns in an effort to make it easier for residents to get involved is set to visit Dereham on its last stop.

A campaigner who has spent years fighting against housing plans near a Dereham beauty spot is now involved in an appeal to bring three bungalows to the area.

An MP has said he has “no doubt” a successful judicial review will be held over plans to locate a substation connected to one of the world’s largest windfarms in a quiet Norfolk village.

A couple have told how they want to move out of their Norfolk home after their driveway was repeatedly used as a toilet by passers-by.

A Norfolk town council could be set to transform a children’s play area they described as “sorrowful” in time for the summer months.

A council knew of the terrible conditions inside a Thetford block of flats before new tenants, including four children and a baby moved in, it has emerged.

A former nightclub venue will not reopen under the same use in the future after plans were approved to convert the building into flats.

Plans to develop a patch of land in Dereham which has sat empty for more than half a decade could bring up to 100 new jobs to the town.

A new £100,000 fund has been launched in Breckland to support local entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses in an effort to boost employment and training opportunities in the area.

A leisure complex which cost a district council £8m to build is still not fully let more than two years after it opened.

A widow who had planning permission to build on her smallholding withdrawn after an objector threatened a judicial review said she had faced “personal harassment” from opposers of the project.

A project is about to get underway to improve Thetford’s Butten Island and adjacent riverside to encourage more people to use it and combat the perception it is a haven for anti-social behaviour.

Councillors look set to call time on a building’s life as a night club and bar, with plans to turn it into flats poised for approval.

New luxury glamping accommodation could be built in mid-Norfolk, with an application for a tree house holiday let recommended to be approved when it is discussed at a planning meeting.

A Norfolk council reversed a decision to grant planning permission to six homes when an objector threatened a judicial review over a hedge.

Staff at a district council have raised over £2,000 for three different charities.

Plans for a new state-of-the-art police station in Swaffham, which will replace the existing station in the town as part of Norfolk Police’s 2020 vision, have been revealed.

An MP has raised fears about an energy firm digging up land which was contaminated after a fighter jet crash.

The construction of a new ‘roundabout to nowhere’ which has cost taxpayers £1.5m has not led to any firm interest from businesses - despite being billed as the key to “unlock the full potential” of an employment site.

A mid-Norfolk sports club could see its car park developed into homes if sell-off plans to fund a quarter of a million pound replacement astroturf pitch are approved by a district council.

Troops of scouts in Dereham can be prepared to see their group’s hut extended, if plans to expand the building are approved by the district council.

Bags of rubbish alongside a barbeque and a vacuum were dumped by the side of the road in a Norfolk town.

A Norfolk council which voted unanimously to approve a draft local plan is facing criticism from a town council for “disappointing and worrying” issues.

A scooter hire business is proposing to move its premises from a mid-Norfolk town into a former shop in a rural village.

Drivers are being forced to pay a “stealth tax”, it has been claimed, after it was revealed car owners in Norwich paid £74 on average last year to park their cars.

A selection of the region’s most selfless and committed individuals gathered on Wednesday evening at The Halls in Norwich for the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2018.

A council is to partner with a private developer to build sixteen new homes in a mid Norfolk village.

A Norfolk council voted unanimously to accept changes to its draft local plan which removed restrictions on development in the district’s rural areas, despite reluctance from ‘heavy hearted’ councillors.

A new electoral ward created in Thetford has been named after a Celtic tribe who lived in the area, after councillors raised concerns of confusion.

A councillor who raised questions about a council leader’s alleged ‘undisclosed personal connection’ to the previous owners of a multi-million pound golf club has resigned from the Conservative group.

The leader of a council which repeatedly kept secret a decision about a multi-million pound golf club it bought has denied having an “undisclosed personal connection” with the club’s previous owners.

The future of a controversial contract which sees Norfolk planning decisions made by staff 450 miles away was today called into question by councillors.

The region’s most hard working, caring, and talented individuals were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony this evening.

A community organisation working to highlight all that is great about Dereham has been awarded funding to improve the mid-Norfolk town.

Breckland District Council is planning to raise the amount of council tax it gets in order to “maintain the council’s strong financial position” and “protect local services.”

A Norfolk council has launched a new fund to support projects improving residents’ health and wellbeing which has been welcomed by one of the area’s district councillors.

Another 291 homes are set to be built on the outskirts of Dereham after Breckland Council’s planning committee approved the plans despite significant opposition.

A Norfolk MP has spoken up about his “serious concerns” over the pace of development in and around Dereham, and called a proposed development of 291 homes ‘house dumping’.

As the Christmas shopping countdown begins, businesses in Attleborough have spoken about the impact major traffic works are continuing to have on footfall.

Plans to build a farm shop incorporating a cafe and butchery at a farm in Great Ellingham have been approved by planners.

Four new electric car charging points will be installed across Breckland in an effort to encourage more environmentally friendly ways of travel.

Breckland Council is in the running for a prestigious national prize after being shortlisted in the 2019 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

Breckland Council is looking for volunteers to help keep its community fridges going.

Dedicated volunteers took part in a community litter pick to help tidy up their local area.

Hundreds of pounds have been raised for a Norfolk cancer charity following a council chairman’s civic reception.

Plans for more than 300 homes on the edge of Attleborough look set to get the go ahead.

Remembrance Day is set to be marked across the Dereham, Fakenham and Wells area, with several events and projects taking place on or leading up to November 11.

Plans to build 97 more homes on the Swan’s Nest site in Swaffham have been approved by Breckland Council’s Planning Committee.

A project designed to combat unemployment has successfully helped 12 people to find work.

A council which spent millions of pounds on buying a golf club has now made a decision about its future in secret.

Controversial proposals for a 10,000-home garden town near Dereham are unlikely to be backed by Breckland Council, with its leader and chief executive recommending councillors distance themselves from it.

Residents have condemned a decision to cut down a row of trees to make way for a junction.

Traffic congestion and lack of access to centres of employment are critical factors in why plans for a proposed 10,000-home in mid-Norfolk should not go ahead, according to Dereham Town Council (DTC).

Traders in a Norfolk town undergoing major £4.5m road improvement works have pleaded with customers not to abandon them despite the disruption.

Sponsors of the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards have given their reasons for getting involved as the deadline for entries approaches.

(Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 13 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION Pdevelopment at The 1 Oaks, Carr Lane, Wenoling, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2LP. Take notice that application is being made by: Mr Robert O’Neil For planning permission to: Residential Block Local Planning Authority to whom the application is being submitted: Breckland Council, Walpole Loke, Dereham Norfolk NR19 lEE

Concerns have been voiced over the potential impact that 255 new homes in Dereham could have on traffic congestion in the town.

Work to build a new £1m business centre in Dereham is finally under way, more than a decade after it was originally due to start.

A leisure centre in Dereham has reopened its main pool after concerns the water temperature was too cold to be a “comfortable experience”.

Banham Poultry’s future in Norfolk has been secured after a major chicken producer swooped in to buy it.

The future of Banham Poultry in Norfolk is on the verge of being secured as a deal with new owners edges towards completion.

The bank at the centre of the wrangle over Banham Poultry’s future insists it is working to protect the jobs of more than 1,000 workers.

The first joint managing director of two Norfolk councils has been confirmed.

Breckland Council’s main meeting room has now been officially reopened as The Jordan Room, in honour of the late former council leader Cliff Jordan.

Building work is set to start on the first 343 of 5,000 new homes in a major development scheme.

Business and council leaders have pledged their support to Norfolk’s Banham Poultry as the struggling firm searches for a buyer.

Crucial talks to secure the future of one of Norfolk’s biggest employers begin on Wednesday morning, as doubts hang over the jobs of 1,000 workers.

As a member of the newly-formed CANT (Campaign Against the New Town), I wish to widen the argument from the geographical and political perspectives.

Plans for a new Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) ambulance station in Dereham have been submitted to Breckland Council.

The new top officer who looks set to head up two Norfolk councils, with a salary of about £160,000 has been announced.

Projects in Swaffham and Thetford will benefit from a share of Breckland Council’s Market Towns Initiative funding.

Much debated plans for a new tourist campsite accommodation site in Gressenhall, near Dereham were refused at Breckland Council’s Planning Commitee meeting on Monday.

A new programme of arts and music including Edinburgh Fringe winners and vibrant local musical talent will take place this Autumn across Breckland.

Controversial plans for a new campsite in Gressenhall have been recommended for refusal by the Breckland Council planning officer, despite over 100 letters being submitted in support of the development.

The first residents have moved into new affordable homes in Narborough, near Swaffham, which are part of a £4.3 million investment project.

Motorists are being warned to expect delays for 13 weeks as a £1.5m project gets underway to build a roundabout in Thetford.

Plans for a major housing development in a part of Norfolk boasting some of the UK’s darkest skies have left amateur astronomers fearing it will blot out their view of the stars.

Work to improve the Buttercross in Swaffham will modernise the town centre and bring it into the 21st century, the town council clerk has said.

The controversy over plans for a new mid Norfolk town has been ramped up after it was revealed the developer has lobbied central government for the go ahead to submit a proposal without the support of the local authority.

Members of a village community have launched a formal complaint against Breckland Council, over a decision to approve plans for more than a dozen homes in their area.

Breckland Council is encouraging district landlords to apply for a new licence in order to ensure houses in the area are fit for purpose.

Motorists in a Norfolk town are facing more lengthy delays following the closure of one of the town’s busiest roads for the second time in a matter of weeks.

A bid to demolish a convenience store in Thetford and replace it with a new development has been submitted.

A developer behind plans to build 279 homes in Dereham has agreed to contribute a quarter of a million pounds to tackle a shortage of sports and outdoor play facilities in Dereham.

An 24 hour animal ambulance has been given a financial boost thanks to lottery players.

Take a walk on the weird side, discover more about Norfolk’s rich folklore, hear ghost stories and legends, make a lucky charm to ward off bad dreams and celebrate the county’s oddities during this year’s Heritage Open Days, which has chosen Weird Norfolk for one of its main themes.

The bank holiday weekend saw the green at Thetford Riverside Complex turned into a “pop-up seaside beach”, offering residents an event filled with music, games and sand castle competitions.

A Breckland football pitch could be in line for an upgrade, with the district council looking to kick off plans to replace it.

Developers have launched a fresh bid to build 180 homes next to an ancient woodland rooted in folklore.

Residents are being invited to attend Breckland Council’s cabinet meetings as the authority takes them on the road.

We have heard of The Wrong Trousers and the “wrong kind of snow” - now we have the wrong bricks.

The idea of new settlements to provide new homes in Norfolk should not be dismissed, despite the frosty reception proposals for a garden town between Dereham and Fakenham received.

A one-day festival will see hundreds of people gather in Thetford to mark the 125th anniversary of the death of the last Sikh ruler.

Residents are being asked for their views on proposals to move a town’s parish boundary to include a major housing development.

A Bank Holiday weekend of family fun will see an area of Thetford transformed into a enormous sandpit.

A popular snooker hall which closed its doors earlier this year could be turned into flats.

Plans have been submitted to build a farm shop incorporating a cafe and butchery at a farm in Great Ellingham.

Football, rugby and tennis may still be popular choices of sport for young people in Norfolk, but those taking part in Breckland Council’s Kids Multi Sport Summer Camps have been able to try their hand at something slightly different.

Staff at Breckland Council have taken part in a cycling challenge inspired by Geraint Thomas’ Tour De France win to raise money for a local cancer charity.

Having worked in local media for almost two decades now (I know, looking at me you’d swear I was much older), I spend a lot of time thinking about our role in the community and how that impacts our coverage.

One reader says opposition to more housing developments isn’t due to Not In My Back Yard mentality but a desire to preserve a way of life. What do you think?

Tributes have been paid to a former council chairman and church warden after he died aged 96.

NOTICE IS HEREBY given that Guluzar Demiralay has applied in respect of DC’s Bar 1st floor 14-16 Market Place Dereham Norfolk NR19 2AL for the variation of a premises licence under the licensing act 2003

A new gym which allows 24 hour access will open in a town’s leisure complex.

A mid-Norfolk town has claimed back part of its land after being given the green light for a restricted byway.

A third consultation to gain the views of residents affected by parish boundary changes involving a major housing development has been recommended.

One reader thinks plans to build a new town in Norfolk haven’t been thought through. What do you think?

Building homes is rarely popular.

Plans for 15 new homes on the site of old agricultural buildings in North Lopham have been approved despite some local objections.

Breckland Council has approved plans to build 279 new homes in Dereham despite fierce opposition from residents, groups and councillors.

The big day has arrived - hundreds of people in South Norfolk will be celebrating everything there is to love about our county.

The Norfolk Day celebrations have begun at Breckland Council with the raising of the Norfolk flag.

A planning application for 4,000 homes has been submitted by a district council.

Breckland Council have announced they will be investing £1.5 million in a range of community projects.

News that a new 10,000 home garden town could be built in Norfolk has sparked a mixed reaction. DAN GRIMMER and DANIEL BENNETT report...

A town the size of Thetford could be built in mid Norfolk if new plans are realised, the EDP can reveal.

Breckland Council have named their main meeting room in honour of former council leader Cliff Jordan.

High-flying flags of St George, a possible big screen for the final and even a pledge to name new roads after players.

The launch of the Breckland Business Forum saw MP George Freeman declare that he believes the district could become the home of growing technology companies.

Almost £80,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent on air travel by Norfolk County Council officers in the past three years - with the bulk of the flights for social workers to assess families overseas and to take children to visit their families.

City Hall in Norwich was illuminated blue and orange to mark a worldwide day to raise awareness of motor neurone disease.

A new outdoor venue has been launched to bring the a town’s community together to socialise and have fun.

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT: Land adjoining Redhill Residential Park, Redhill Lane, Watton IP25 6RE.

Two clouded leopards, ring-tailed lemurs and even a zebra. These are just some of the exotic animals being kept privately across Norfolk.

Co-operative Group Food Ltd

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Licensing Act 2003

As part of National Licensing Week (18-22 June), Breckland Council is showing local people why the work they do with licensees, operators and regulators in the area, is so vital.

A housing development in a Norfolk village, built on council-owned land, has hit a major milestone, after every home in their phase one build has been sold.

DROPOSED DEVELOPMENT at: Barn to the rear of Wood View, East Church Street, Kenninghall, Dereham, Norfolk NR16 2EP

Take notice that application is being made by: Mr Ian Womack C/O Lanpro Services

For planning permission to: Conversion of barn to two residential dwellings.

Local Planning Authority to whom the application is being submitted: Breckland Council, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, Norfolk

A landmark environmental centre, which helped to educate school children across the Norfolk about food, energy and transport, has suddenly announce it will close after nearly 20 years.

Flags have been flying at half-mast at County Hall and Breckland, as further tributes were paid to former Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan.


Tributes were today continuing to be paid following the death of former Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan.

But despite the idyllic nature of our forests and woodlands, they are being blighted by fly-tipping.

Communities in a mid-Norfolk town have issued a rallying cry to get its “dangerous” transport infrastructure right before it is too late.

The first phase of a major new development of 5,000 properties across the Thetford area has been given council approval - meaning hundreds of new homes built in a village.

A Breckland village is in line for a development of up to 40 homes, after councillors unanimously supported a planning application for land close to an existing new-build site.

Fears have been raised about how a town will cope with hundreds of new homes ahead of a meeting to discuss the first phase of a town’s 5,000 home development.

Application for a Variation of a Premises Licence NOTICE IS HEREBY given that SALLY JANE BISHOP has applied in respect of THE OX AND PLOUGH, Old Buckenham, Attleborough Norfolk. NR17 1RN

NOTICE IS HEREBY given that Victoria Dawn King has applied in respect of The Lodge, North Tuddenham, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 3DJ for a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 to allow for sale of alcohol Monday -Sunday 7am - lam

Twenty five more dwellings in the settlement of Yaxham have been allowed after an appeal decision on May 14 by the Planning Inspectorate.

Notice of Application for a New Premises Licence Under Section 17 of The Licensing Act 2003

Application for a Variation of a Premises Licence NOTICE IS HEREBY given that East of England Co-operative Society has applied in respect of Co-op Foodstore, Old Swaffham Road, East Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2AZ

The launch of a project to help tackle unemployment in Thetford has seen the opening of a new training hub.

More than £200,000 of taxpayers’ money has been used to pay ‘golden hellos’ to attract staff to work at the region’s councils in the past two years.

A fast growing lottery launched by a Norfolk council could contribute up to £30,000 to charitable causes by the end of the year.

A £70m bid, which council leaders say would kick-start the building of more than 13,500 new homes to the north of Norwich, is entering a crucial period.

Breckland Council has elected Richard Duffield as its new chairman.

Community spirit was shown by residents, businesses and public figures as they took part in a town litter pick.

I always knew football fans take the sport seriously - but this week we found out just how much.

Controversial applications to build near to beauty spots in mid Norfolk are set to be considered by Breckland Council’s planning committee.

Thetford Jobcentre has relocated to enable people to obtain information about local services in one place.

Breckland Council’s Cabinet has drafted new measures to help improve air quality in Swaffham.

SALLY JANE BISHOP has applied in respect of THE OX AND PLOUGH Old Buckenham for the Variation of a Premises License under the Licensing Act 2003 to allow for the addition of an area of Church Green to the existing Premises License

Residents and businesses are being invited to join together to create the largest single town litter pick.

Dignitaries from across Norfolk, and further afield, gathered in Dereham to attend an official civic service.

There was one particular headline which caught my eye this week - and for once I have to admit it wasn’t one of our own.

Parish residents are being asked to give their views on revised proposals for an extended boundary.

Councils have reassured tax-payers over services outsourced to struggling firm Capita.

I had to have a chuckle at this week’s furore surrounding Breckland Council.

NOTICE IS GIVEN that Amin Bashdar has on the 16 April 2018, applied to Breckland District Council as the Licensing Authority for the grant of a Premises Licence in respect of ‘Maxi Café’, Unit 14 Lime Kiln Lane, Thetford, IP24 2BU.

The second stage of a public consultation into boundary changes in Thetford has started.

Breckland Council has installed a community fridge in Dereham as part of a district-wide initiative to combat food waste.

A council which has launched a scheme to protect local business has been told it ought to practice what it is preaching, as it has been revealed it heavily relies on major brands itself.

Independent shops in Breckland are fighting back against the national chains in an attempt to entice people back to their local high street.

Another local authority has thrown its weight behind the Just Dual It campaign.

Thetford Town Council is calling for boundary changes so that people moving into thousands of new homes on the outskirts of the town pay the same as those already living there.

An innovative new scheme to help independent shops in Norfolk fight back against multi-national chains is set to be launched.

Attempted car break-ins and reports of suspicious activity have left residents in a Norfolk market town feeling concerned that they are facing a growing crime problem.

Villagers have raised concerns over a bid to build an organic free range egg production unit for thousands of hens.

A proposed petrol station, drive through restaurant and coffee shop along the A11 could create 85 new jobs.

Breckland has become the first district council to launch a lottery where proceeds will be donated towards good causes in the community.

A council in Norfolk has created a fund to support organisations and communities that wish to stage events that conserve the heritage of the First World War.

A memorial stone has been dedicated to a Norfolk war hero 100 years after he earned a Victoria Cross for his courage.

A bid to build a new housing development in East Harling has been met with strong opposition over the “detrimental impact” it could have upon village amenities.

Public Notice

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Variation of a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003

The expansion of a major employment site which has the potential to employ hundreds of people can now go ahead following a £2.65m funding award.

Amid challenging times for the high street a council has launched a rate relief scheme to encourage more retail firms into market towns.

A multi-purpose community and business centre has launched a new project to provide work experience opportunities for unemployed people.

A new gym which allows member access 24 hours a day could be coming to Thetford.

An internationally acclaimed singer will take to the stage in a series of daytime performances across Norfolk.

Cabinet meetings held by Breckland Council are set to be held in public locations outside of the main council offices.

A new £3.4m electricity substaton will breathe new life into a key employment zone hampered by a lack of power - creating 1,700 new jobs and saving 1,450 more.

A proposed substation for Norfolk could be key to creating more than 1,500 jobs and safeguarding a further 1,000.

Residents have been left frustrated and outraged after more than eleven days without mobile phone signal.

People will have to wait a bit longer for their bins to be emptied, with collections across most of Norfolk once again cancelled because of the weather.

Council bosses have warned of “severe disruption” to services today as snow brought by the Beast from the East weather front continues to cause problems across Norfolk.

A litter pick event due to take place in Thetford has been cancelled due to the weather.

People are being encouraged to take part in a community lottery which will help Breckland-based groups and organisations raise much-needed funds.

Residents of three Breckland communities are being reminded consultations are still ongoing and their views are being sought.

A litter pick event is set to take place on Barnham Cross Common in Thetford.

Application for a Premises Licence

Monday, February 19, 2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY given that The Mid-Norfolk Railway, The Station, Station Road, Dereham, NR19 1DF, has applied for a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 to allow for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises every day from the hours of 11.00am to 11.00pm.

A controversial resubmitted bid to build houses in a small village, which many residents felt would harm its character, has been refused.

A planning application for a new camp site in Gressenhall may struggle to move forward after the parish council refused to give its support.

Application for a Premises Licence

Monday, February 12, 2018

Application for a Premises Licence Notice is hereby given that Catherine Jill Frost of 140 Hills Road, Saham IP25 7EZ has applied for a Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 to allow for the Sale of Alcohol - Off Sales Mon-Sat 08:00 to 23:00.

Breckland District Council members will decide whether to raise council tax in order protect frontline services later this month.

The delivery of a 5,000 home development on the outskirts of Thetford will be accelerated after Breckland Council received a £9.9m funding boost.

Councils in Norfolk have played down fears of disruption to local services following suggestions of financial difficulties at outsourcing giant Capita.

Attleborough Town Council has been threatened with “black magic” after it erected a fence to try to keep dogs off certain parts of Gaymers Meadow.

The reconstruction of the service will see the closure of the small offices in Swaffham, Watton, Attleborough and Dereham town centre.

To help tackle litter in parts of Watton a new group has been launched.

Initial building works on a £1.2 million project to bring a new lease of life to a cat rescue centre in Dereham are firmly underway.

RSPCA inspectors have visited a travellers’ site in Thetford over animal welfare issues.

Residents, businesses and organisations are being asked to help keep Thetford’s Community Fridge stocked.

Independent retailers will be given an online shop window as part of plans to create a ‘digital high street’ in some of Norfolk’s market towns.

A Norfolk village will get outdoor gym equipment and a youth football club can buy some moveable goals thanks to a couple of new grants from Breckland Council.

It is a problem you would expect in the crowded streets of London but a Norfolk market town has become embroiled in a battle against dangerously high pollution levels. If it is not solved residents, particularly children and the elderly, could face serious health risks. STEVE SHAW reports...

Opinion Residents’ concerns must be listened to

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Another week, another major housing application comes under the spotlight.

A tied vote among Breckland councillors forced planning committee chairman Nigel Wilkin to use his casting vote to refuse an application for 291 homes in Dereham yesterday.

A district councillor has questioned how many people have to die before changes to speed limits will be implemented in Dereham.

Campaigners fighting plans for 50 homes in their village told a government planning inspector that allowing them to be built would be a “slap in the face for local democracy”.

Improvements to two community facilities in a Breckland village will be able to go ahead following funding grants.

Drivers navigating a busy market town are more likely to risk using dangerous A47 junctions than battle with town centre congestion, it has been revealed.

The demolition of an historic farmhouse and barns in Necton is expected to be approved by planners to make way for 46 new homes.

The views of residents in Breckland communities are being sought on administrative changes requested by parish councils.

A fire at Fakenham Connect this morning was started deliberately, police have said.

Breckland District Council has approved grant funding bids which will go towards improving play facilities and open spaces across the district.

A farm in Gressenhall, near Dereham, is looking to provide a new campsite which can cater for disabled visitors.

A developer was warned to “work with the community” after an application for 284 homes in Dereham was turned down by council planners by one vote.

Breckland residents are being asked by the council to make sure they use the correct bins when recycling over the Christmas period.

More than half of the money needed to buy Beeston pub The Ploughshare has been raised by a village group, who are planning a new fundraising drive from 2018.

A housing developer is being accused of putting profit ahead of the community by failing to provide enough outdoor playing space with a proposed 280-home scheme in Dereham.

Breckland Council has confirmed that deputy Dereham mayor Thomas Monument has been suspended from the Conservative Party after being convicted of attacking a former partner.

Time limits are to be enforced in car parks in and around Swaffham’s town centre in an effort to make parking restrictions more consistent.

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A vision for the future of a Norfolk town has been given the thumbs up by voters in a referendum.

Gressenhall Parish Council has been able to replace the fencing around the village’s popular play area, thanks to a grant from Breckland Council.

A controversial housing application which was rejected by a planning inspector has been resubmitted - much to the anger of villagers.

Residents in Dereham will be given the opportunity to voice their concerns over roads and find out more about local policing during an upcoming public meeting.

A Breckland church has received a grant for thousands of pounds which will help them install a lift to help with disabled access.

Campaigners battling to save one of Dereham’s oldest oak trees are celebrating a victory for nature over concrete after developers were told it should not be felled to build an access road for a proposed housing scheme.

“Look before you book” - That is the message from Breckland District Council ahead of the Christmas party season.

Norfolk’s first community fridge has already proved a success just weeks after it was launched.

Campaigners fighting plans to build homes next to a Dereham beauty spot are calling on people to show the strength of feeling against the development at a planning meeting on Monday.

An appeal has been submitted against Breckland Council’s refusal of planning permission for 50 homes on a piece of farmland in Mattishall.

A regional construction group has cemented its commitment to its home county with a £14m engineering hub in the Breckland countryside.

Business leaders have said the poor state of the A47 is holding back their firms.

A cat rescue centre in Dereham is to be given a new lease of life with the opportunity to more than double the size of its shelter.

Secrecy surrounds a letter the leader of Norfolk County Council sent to the government suggesting ways Westminster could help reduce the need to make savings - which included floating the idea of a major local government shake-up.

A blueprint for a the future of a Norfolk town which is due to see the building of 4,000 new homes is to be put to a public vote.

Breckland Council has approved a renewed planning application for the redevelopment of the village hall in Lyng.

Plans to build 49 new houses in Great Ellingham have been submitted to Breckland Council.

A bid to build 10 new houses in Attleborough has been granted permission.

A new sign has been unveiled at a community pub which continues to make progress.

Breckland Council has launched a redesigned website which boasts a new feature that allows residents to access useful information about where they live.

A housing summit has been held at Gressenhall Farm to tackle the issue of a lack of affordable homes in rural communities.

A new store and drive-through coffee shop may soon be built in Necton if plans are granted by Breckland Council.

Motorists will face time limits at a market town’s central car park for the first time from next year.

A volunteer survey to measure the number of HGVs travelling through Swaffham has come to an end and residents hope the results will prompt a larger council survey in the future.

Hundreds of objections to a planned 4,000-home expansion set to virtually double the size of Attleborough have been made.

Residents, organisations and businesses are being encouraged to help in a charity cleaning event in their town.

Plans have been drawn up to build 48 new homes on agricultural land to the south of Attleborough, outside the town’s settlement boundary.

A new initiative has been launched to encourage people to recycle correctly while also raising funds for local schools in the Watton and Carbrooke area.

A former American-style diner on the A11 is to be transformed into Norfolk’s latest coffee outlet.

Breckland councillors have voted to accept new funding that will help improve the support offered to those at risk of homelessness.

A proposal to build 18 homes in the village of Foxley was refused by the narrowest of margins by Breckland’s planning committee.

The first five Norfolk towns to be specially studied to see if they have good enough roads and transport to cope with thousands of new homes have been revealed.

A rural pub’s long-term future looks more secure after a council planning committee approved a scheme to generate further investment in the business.

Jobseekers have a chance to find out what is being offered around Attleborough at an upcoming jobs fair.

Estate agent signs on an empty shop in Dereham are raising hopes that a major retailer will soon confirm its intention to open a store in the town.

A biomass energy plant which has brought permanent jobs and millions of pounds to the local economy has been officially opened.

A ceremony will be held today to officially open the Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant.

A ground-breaking programme, funded by a £185,000 lottery grant, is being launched across the Breckland district next week to engage isolated older people in the arts.

A village hall which is central to community life has been given a grant worth thousands of pounds to help towards the cost of new facilities.

Characterised by the distinct landscape of the Brecks, Wayland boasts areas of forests, miles of walking trails through beautiful countryside and traditional villages and hamlets.

New or relocating businesses in Breckland’s five market towns are being given the opportunity to claim up to 80 percent rate relief in their first year.

Residents in Swaffham hope to reduce high pollution levels by highlighting the number of heavy good vehicles that travel through the town centre on a daily basis.

A developer has seen an application for 25 homes in a rural village refused for the second time after it came back to Breckland Council on a technicality.

A job fair is set to be held in Attleborough to help those seeking work and those who want to find out about career development opportunities.

A new development of 127 houses has been given approval for land behind the redundant maltings in Dereham but the maltings building itself will not be brought back into commercial use.

More than 11,000 homes are standing empty in Norfolk and Waveney, but some councils are not making use of hard-hitting powers designed to get them back into use.

Three communities are being invited to review the first draft of a joint neighbourhood plan.

A resident’s group, councillors and a wildlife organisation have expressed their anger after a planning inspector overturned a council’s decision to reject a housing development.

The public can have their say on plans to build 4,000 homes in Attleborough as part of a council consultation.

Breckland Council is calling on residents to take part in a survey that will help local companies and boost job prospects by identifying skills gaps.

The owners of a mid Norfolk pub have resubmitted a planning application to develop part of the site and improve facilities after support from the community.

The mayor of Attleborough has welcomed a long-awaited planning application put in this month to build 4,000 new homes, which will almost double the size of the town.

A bid to build 100 homes on employment land in Dereham has finally been approved, despite a previous refusal and dismissal at appeal.

Breckland Council is once again unable to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, it has emerged, leaving the district vulnerable to “hostile” applications again.

A new development of 14 homes on land in Hockering has been approved in order to give a growing business the opportunity to create new jobs in Breckland.

Cheers rang out in a council chamber as a controversial scheme for 50 homes on the edge of a village was unanimously refused.

Two housing developments which have faced significant opposition from the public could be given the go-ahead when they go before the Breckland Council’s planning committee on Monday.

A controversial bid to build 285 homes in Dereham has been pulled from a Breckland planning committee meeting shortly after Mid Norfolk’s MP George Freeman wrote to the council saying he is fed up with “greedy development”.

The future of a village pub could be put at risk by a planning office decision to refuse a new development which will increase much-needed community facilities, according to its landlady and owner.

Dereham residents have once again voiced their objections to a planning application which could see almost 300 homes built close to their estates.

WH Smith has plans to open a shop in Dereham.

Owners have begun moving in to newly built homes in the village of Mileham, near Dereham.

New and more flexible powers to tackle anti-social behaviour are set to be enforced in Thetford.

Documents which will shape the growth and development of Breckland have received support from council cabinet members.

A Breckland councillor has said without careful planning the construction of new homes in Shipdham will become “an accident waiting to happen”.

Three more homes will be built on a new housing development in Mileham in a joint venture between Breckland Council and developers The Land Group.

A group of residents in Dereham have begun formulating a strategy to voice their concerns about a planning application which could see almost 300 homes built close to their estates.

Breckland Council has invited George Freeman to discuss its partnership with Capita, which runs its building control process, in more detail after the Mid Norfolk MP added his “deep concerns” about the authority’s handling of recent planning applications.

Breckland Council has won a prestigious national prize, which recognises excellence in local authorities that use collaboration and commercialism to create income from their property assets.

Breckland Council chairman Kate Millbank commended those who face danger to keep us safe as the Armed Forces flag was raised at the council offices in Dereham.

Proposals for a 100 new homes at a Dereham industrial estate could become more likely after councillors lifted restrictions.

A fruit and vegetable trader has thanked the community for its support after finally being granted permission to sell produce to the public from the company’s wholesale warehouse.

Residents outlined their opposition to a controversial bid to build 177 homes in Norfolk town - as developers said it would bring significant benefits to the area.

One of the country’s major funeral companies is battling to block permission granted to a King’s Lynn-based funeral directors to build a new crematorium in Breckland.

A market trader could soon be granted permission to sell fresh fruit and vegetables to the public from his Dereham warehouse after proving a town centre shop would not be viable.

An application for permission to build 10 homes on the site of a former school in Necton has been rejected by Breckland Council planning officers.

A programme of free music and dance activities for older people in North Norfolk continues in June.

Have you ever wished for a more luxurious way to travel between meetings, or wondered how to make use of down time on the way to visit clients?

The property maintenance arm of Flagship Group, RFT, is reaching for greater commercial growth after securing two new contracts.

The chairman of Thetford Town Football Club has said he feels sick and angry after the clubhouse was broken into and extensive damage caused.

A unique and highly sustainable home is to be built in the Norfolk countryside after permission was granted by Breckland Council.

A piece of play equipment at a popular Thetford park may be permanently removed after it was vandalised within days of its repair - for the second time in a matter of weeks.

A trading standards investigation has been launched after three dead calves were found in a ditch.

The mayor of Attleborough has been reappointed to the role for the second year in a row.

Dereham Leisure Centre celebrates its tenth anniversary this weekend and to mark the occasion they are offering people to swim or use the gym for just 10p.

A decision over whether to grant planning permission for 285 new homes in Dereham has been delayed.

Councillors will be urged to refuse planning permission to build 285 new homes in Dereham due to growing concerns about sewage, traffic and the impact on the character of the town.

The Mayor of Watton Beryl Bunning has asked the community to respect and enjoy the new adult fitness equipment installed at two play parks.

After 20 months in the making the village of Yaxham will now have its say on its Neighbourhood Plan.

An ambitious project to replace the village hall in Lyng has moved a step closer after Breckland Council awarded £20,000 towards the new build.

Residents of Yaxham are being asked to vote twice on May 4 - firstly for a county councillor and secondly for their Neighbourhood Plan.

A well-known councillor has called growing demand for meals at mid-Norfolk’s food bank a disgrace after recent figures show a significant increase since 2016.

The New York city skyline is on the walls, American football is played on a huge television and there are booths to sit and eat your rack of ribs.

A plea has been issued urging people to come forward with information after play equipment was vandalised at a play park in Thetford.

Residents in Thetford, which has problems with anti-social behaviour, are being urged to have their say on new powers which can help tackle the issue.

The final phase of improvement work at the Cherry Tree car park in Dereham will begin on May 2.

Three kickboxers from mid-Norfolk have been awarded a special council grant to help them on their way to America to represent their country in martial arts.

Tributes are flowing today to the “flamboyant” former Mayor of Dereham Michael Fanthorpe, who died aged 84 on Monday.

Three talented young cricket players have been given funding to help them develop their promising sporting careers.

American bar and grill Grand Central will be the first eatery to open at Thetford’s £8m Riverside Development.

Plans are being made to build three new townhouses on the site of a former bowling green next to the Mulberry Tree boutique hotel in Attleborough.

Breckland Council is offering one-off grants to help communities come together for a nationwide event in memory Labour MP Jo Cox.

Villagers fighting to save a 16th century pub have been thanked for giving their “blood, sweat and tears” as a campaign passes its one year anniversary with positive news.

Worries over how Swaffham will cope with hundreds of new homes earmarked for the town have been raised by residents.

An independent review of Breckland Council has found it is “doing a good job for residents”, “has strong and effective leadership”, and demonstrates “sound financial management.”

A controversial visitor centre at a lakeside beauty spot could finally become a reality after years of failed attempts to get it passed by planners.

An MP has written to Breckland Council raising concerns over controversial plans for a visitor centre at a lakeside beauty spot, which could be granted planning approval next week.

There are plans to add a drive-through coffee shop to an Americana-themed diner next to the A11 Attleborough Bypass.

Agricultural land in a village on the A47 between Dereham and Swaffham has been earmarked for development of 15 houses and a small shop.

A programme filled with fun activities will help keep you children occupied during the East half-term.

Youngsters from four schools got a taste of what it is like to work at a district council as they took charge for the day.

A community concerned about drainage and flooding issues have raised their fears with Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman.

An application has been submitted to change the use of the Rose and Crown in Thetford from a pub to a house.

The bid by a group of volunteers to open a permanent museum in Watton has said it has “taken longer” than expected but progress is being made, its chairman has said.

An initiative that will help tackle the issue of unsightly and derelict buildings across the Breckland district has been given the green light.

A vision for nine new houses on a site next to Chapel Road Primary School in Attleborough has been unveiled.

A village neighbourhood plan is one step closer to being adopted after it was given the go ahead to proceed to a referendum.

Communities in Breckland will be consulted on the use of legislation which will give the district council more powers to deal with a wider range of anti-social behaviour in town centres.

Two areas of open space in Thetford, which were recently designated as County Wildlife Sites, are undergoing work to create a better habitat for less common plant species.

Fears that Norfolk’s market towns might not have good enough roads to cope with thousands of new homes have triggered a series of special studies to tackle the potential problem.

Dereham feels as if it “has a gun at its head” with regard to approving large scale housing applications, a Breckland Council meeting heard.

A much maligned transport study, commissioned by Breckland Council to assess the impact of proposed development on Dereham’s roads, will not be able to be used by developers as definitive evidence alone to support their planning applications, councillors heard today.

Breckland Council members will meet next week to consider whether a small part of Swaffham should be classed as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

Commonwealth flags are flying on town halls across Norfolk and Suffolk

Concerns have been raised over plans to build homes on the site of a former school in Necton, near Swaffham.

Residents fear for the future of their village post office after councillors approved plans to build a new convenience store which more than 1,000 people opposed through a petition.

The headmaster of Thetford Grammar School has said the school’s financial position is “not as rosy as it could be”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn may not be the most popular of politicians, according to the polls, but most people certainly know what he looks like.

An extra £100,000 has been given to three Norfolk councils to help ongoing work with hundreds of domestic abuse victims over the next two years.

Taxpayers in Breckland still receive the cheapest rate of council tax in the county, according to district councillors - despite them voting for a 6.6 per cent increase.

A derelict hospital building that dates back to Victorian times looks set to be brought back to life after 1800 people signed a petition to see it reused.

Plans are afoot to build six new homes on a plot of land in Great Ellingham.