Rackheath Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

The Rackheath Neighbourhood Plan steering group has been set up to prepare a plan for the parish, on behalf of Rackheath Parish Council.  The scope of their work involved setting a vision, aims and objectives for the plan, and writing planning policies.  All content of the plan should be informed by an evidence base which involves extensive community engagement and consultation.

Steering group members

  • Julie Playford, Rackheath Parish Councillor
  • Brian Gardner, Rackheath Parish Councillor and local business
  • Julia Turner, Rackheath Parish Councillor and local business
  • Fran Whymark, Rackheath Parish Councillor and Broadland District Councillor
  • Nicola May, Commercial Property Solicitor
  • Pippa Nurse, Youth Club and local business
  • Sandy Dutton, Trinity Church
  • Tony Howard, Village Hall and Church
  • Jenny Howard, Village Hall and Drama Group
  • Rachel Leggett, lead independent consultant to the Neighbourhood Plan rackheathplan@gmail.com
  • Emma Harrison, associate consultant preparing the sustainability appraisal and scoping report.

Steering group documents


More about the steering group members

I moved to Rackheath in 1998 after marrying Rachel who was born in Rackheath, we have two Children Clare and Marcus. I own a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning business, situated in Rackheath, which has close ties with many businesses on Rackheath Industrial Estate. I am a member of the Parish council and am Chairperson for the Parks and Leisure Committee.
I am involved with the neighbourhood planning team as open Spaces, Parks, circular walks, cycle ways, are all very important to me. I am always trying to get more for Rackheath.

I have lived in Rackheath with my wife, Emma, and our boys for over 15 years. I have been actively involved in the community; with the playgroup, youth club, parish council and the Rackheath Community Trust throughout this time. In May 2015 I was re-elected as District Councillor for the Wroxham Ward on Broadland District Council and as Parish Councillor on Rackheath Parish Council. My day job is as a social worker for Norfolk Children’s Services.
I am pleased to be part of Rackheath into the Future and I will work hard for Rackheath residents. Rackheath is going through a period of great change but I believe that WE (the residents) should have a voice and it is for that reason I wanted to be involved. WE can develop plans to keep Rackheath a great place to live. A place I would like to see my children and grandchildren grow up in.


I’m a local resident, business owner, volunteer for Rackheath Youth Club and have 2 children attending local primary and secondary schools.

I have volunteered to be part of the “Rackheath into the Future” team as I have seen a number of large scale development projects whilst living in Cambridgeshire and have witnessed developers building housing with little regard for funding infrastructure, green spaces and local support services; they promised but didn’t deliver. Being part of this team I hope to be able to assist in the development of the Neighbourhood Plan in order to influence developers to contribute towards our community needs and respect the place we live in.

I have lived in Rackheath since the year of the big storm - 1987, - married to Jenny, with 2 grown up children.  Recently retired from the County Council after completing 42 years of service; I worked in the Highways Dept, Children’s Services and Corporate Finance mainly as an Accountant.
I have served as Governor and Chair of Governors at Rackheath Primary School and today, I am Chair of Governors at Broadland High School; in total, more than 25 years of service.
I am Treasurer to Rackheath Village Hall, Rackheath Community Trust, NCC Staff Sports & Social Club and Treasurer to Rackheath Benefice (this includes Holy Trinity at Rackheath and All Saints at Salhouse).

I have worked for many years as a Teaching Assistant at Rackheath Primary School and more recently I am a member of the Rackheath Parochial Parish Church Council.

I am Secretary to Rackheath Village Hall and the local amateur dramatics group - Rackheath Players.