Breckland shown within Norfolk
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Breckland District Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||George Freeman|
|• Total||399.7 sq mi (1,035.1 km2)|
|Area rank||17th (of 317)|
|• Rank||158th (of 317)|
|• Density||350/sq mi (130/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||98.5% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||33UB (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
Breckland District Council is a local government district in Norfolk, England. Its head office is located at Elizabeth House in the town of Dereham. It is a second tier local government authority that sits below Norfolk County Council.
The population of the council at the 2011 Census was 130,491.
Breckland District Council derives its name from the Breckland landscape region, a gorse-covered sandy heath of south Norfolk and north Suffolk. The term Breckland is ancient, and is found as early as the 13th century in the form Brakelond.
Breckland District Council was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Borough of Thetford, East Dereham Urban District, Swaffham Urban District, Wayland Rural District, Mitford and Launditch Rural District, and Swaffham Rural District.
The Council consists of 49 Councillors elected every four years, the last election being May 2019.
It is currently controlled by the Conservative Party who won 37 of the 49 seats on the council at the last election.
Leader of the Council
The Leader since May 2019 is Cllr. Sam Chapman-Allen (Conservative) (Forest Ward).
The Deputy Leader since May 2019 is Cllr. Paul Claussen (Conservative) (Mattishall Ward)
Chairman of the Council
The Chairman is Cllr. Lynda Turner (Shipdham Ward)
The Vice-Chairman is Cllr. Roy Brame (Thetford Castle Ward)
Past Chairmen of the Council
- 2018-2019 Cllr. Richard Duffield (Lincoln Ward)
- 2017-2018 Cllr. Kate Millbank (Dereham Tofwood Ward)
- 2016-2017 Cllr. Bill Borrett (Upper Wensum Ward)
- 2015-2016 Cllr. Gordon Bambridge (Upper Wensum Ward)
- 2014-2015 Cllr. Robert Kybird (Thetford Guildhall Ward)
- 2013-2014 Cllr. Paul Claussen (Two Rivers Ward)
- 2012-2013 Cllr. Robin Goreham (Dereham Central Ward)
- 2011-2012 Cllr. Nigel Wilkin (Necton Ward)
For the results of the last election to the council click on this link, Breckland District Council election 2019.
For further information on previous elections click on link, Breckland District Council - Elections
- UK Youth Parliament
Although the UK Youth Parliament is an apolitical organisation, the elections are run in a way similar to that of the Local Elections. The votes come from 11-18 year olds and are combined to make the decision of the next, 2 year Member of Youth Parliament. The elections are run at different times across the country with Breckland's typically being in early Spring and bi-annually.
The council is entirely parished, and is made up of 113 civil parishes. At the time of the 2001 census, the district had an area of 1,305 km2 (504 sq mi), with a population of 121,418 in 50,715 households.
The council contains the following civil parishes:
- Ashill, Attleborough
- Banham, Bawdeswell, Beachamwell, Beeston with Bittering, Beetley, Besthorpe, Billingford, Bintree, Blo' Norton, Bradenham, Brettenham, Bridgham, Brisley, Bylaugh
- Carbrooke, Caston, Cockley Cley, Colkirk, Cranwich, Cranworth, Croxton
- Didlington, Dereham
- East Tuddenham, Elsing
- Foulden, Foxley, Fransham
- Garboldisham, Garvestone, Gateley, Gooderstone, Great Cressingham, Great Dunham, Great Ellingham, Great Hockham, Gressenhall, Griston, Guist
- Hardingham, Harling, Hilborough, Hockering, Hoe, Holme Hale, Horningtoft
- Kempstone, Kenninghall, Kilverstone
- Lexham, Litcham, Little Cressingham, Little Dunham, Little Ellingham, Longham, Lynford, Lyng
- Mattishall, Merton, Mileham, Mundford
- Narborough, Narford, Necton, New Buckenham, Newton by Castle Acre, North Elmham, North Lopham, North Pickenham, North Tuddenham
- Old Buckenham, Ovington, Oxborough
- Riddlesworth, Rocklands, Rockland St Peter, Roudham and Larling, Rougham
- Saham Toney, Scarning, Scoulton, Shipdham, Shropham, Snetterton, South Acre, South Lopham, South Pickenham, Sparham, Sporle with Palgrave, Stanfield, Stanford, Stow Bedon, Sturston, Swaffham, Swanton Morley,
- Thetford, Thompson, Tittleshall, Tottington, Twyford
- Watton, Weasenham All Saints, Weasenham St. Peter, Weeting-with-Broomhill, Wellingham, Wendling, Whinburgh and Westfield, Whissonsett, Wretham
- "Local Authority District population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
- "Members of Youth Parliament - Norfolk County Council". www.norfolk.gov.uk.
- "Your Norfolk -". yournorfolk.norfolkpublications.org.uk.
- Cope, Lauren. "Norfolk's four new Members of Youth Parliament are announced". Eastern Daily Press.
- Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
- Diss Express - website of local newspaper covering part of district