South Norfolk

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This article is about "South Norfolk District Council". For "South Norfolk Parliament constituency", see South Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency).
South Norfolk District
South Norfolk Council Offices, Long Stratton - - 349860.jpg
Shown within Norfolk
Shown within Norfolk
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Administrative county Norfolk
Formed 1 April 1974
Local Government Act 1972
Admin. HQ Long Stratton
 • Type District Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Conservative
 • MPs: Richard Bacon (C),
George Freeman (C),
Clive Lewis (L)
 • Total 350.5 sq mi (907.7 km2)
Area rank 34th
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 129,226
 • Rank Ranked 163rd
 • Density 370/sq mi (140/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 33UH (ONS)
E07000149 (GSS)
Ethnicity 98.9% White

South Norfolk is a local government district in Norfolk, England. Its council is based in Long Stratton.


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of Diss Urban District, Wymondham Urban District, Depwade Rural District, Forehoe and Henstead Rural District and Loddon Rural District.

History of governance[edit]

The below table outlines the composition of South Norfolk Council from 1973 to 2015.[1]

Year Conservative Lib Dems Labour Other Governance
1973 6 1 7 33 Independent
1976 38 2 1 6 Conservative
1979 38 1 2 6 Conservative
1983 33 5 1 8 Conservative
1987 26 16 0 5 Conservative
1991 22 22 0 3 No overall control
1995 12 30 3 2 Liberal Democrat
1999 16 27 2 2 Liberal Democrat
2003 18 28 0 0 Liberal Democrat
2007 39 7 0 0 Conservative
2011 38 8 0 0 Conservative
2015 40 6 0 0 Conservative

Recent elections[edit]

2015 saw the Conservatives achieve their best ever result in the District: they won 54.2% of the vote and record 40 seats in total. No other party or combined group of independents had previously topped this number of seats. The Conservatives held all of their seats from 2011, gained Forncett and one of the Old Costessey seats from the Liberal Democrats, who held their other 6 seats despite falling to 16.8% of the vote. The other parties standing received 28.0% of the total vote, but won no seats.

South Norfolk election results, May 2015
Party Votes Votes % Seats Seats %
Conservative 50,249 54.2 40 87.0
Liberal Democrat 15,536 16.8 6 13.0
Labour 17,993 19.4 0 0
Green 3,982 4.3 0 0
Others [1] 4,932 5.4 0 0
Totals 92,692 46

[1] Others: Independents, UKIP and EDP.

Political composition[edit]

Elections are held every four years, with the last elections occurring in May 2015. The next elections are due to take place in May 2019.

Party Councillors Change
(on 2011)
Conservative 40 +2
Liberal Democrat 6 -2
Total 46 -

Electoral divisions[edit]

Ward Parishes Councillor(s) Elected 2015
Abbey Wymondham Conservative Robert Savage
Beck Vale Pulham Market; Pulham St Mary; Starston Conservative Clayton Hudson
Bressingham and Burston Bressingham & Fersfield; Burston & Shimpling; Gissing; Heywood; Shelfanger; Winfarthing Conservative Barry Stone
Brooke Bergh Apton; Brooke; Howe; Kirstead; Mundham; Seething Conservative John Fuller
Bunwell Aslacton; Bunwell; Carleton Rode; Tibenham Conservative Charles Easton
Chedgrave and Thurton Ashby St Mary; Carleton St Peter; Chedgrave; Claxton; Langley with Hardley; Thurton Conservative Jaan Larner
Cringleford Bawburgh; Colney; Cringleford; Keswick & Intwood; Little Melton Conservative Christopher Kemp
Conservative Garry Wheatley
Cromwells Wymondham Conservative Jack Hornby
Dickleburgh Dickleburgh & Rushall; Great Moulton; Tivetshall St Margaret; Tivetshall St Mary Conservative Martin Wilby
Diss Diss Conservative Tony Palmer
Conservative Graham Minshull
Conservative Keith Kiddie
Ditchingham and Broome Broome; Ditchingham; Hedenham; Thwaite Liberal Democrat Brendon Bernard
Earsham Alburgh; Denton; Earsham; Topcroft; Wortwell Liberal Democrat Murray Gray
Easton Barford; Easton; Great Melton; Marlingford & Colton; Wramplingham Conservative Margaret Dewsbury
Forncett Ashwellthorpe; Fundenhall; The Forncetts; Tacolneston Conservative Barry Duffin
Gillingham Ellingham; Geldeston; Gillingham; Hales; Heckingham; Kirby Cane; Raveningham; Stockton Conservative Kay Mason Billig
Harleston Redenhall with Harleston Conservative Brian Riches
Conservative Jeremy Savage
Hempnall Bedingham; Hempnall; Morningthorpe; Shelton & Hardwick; Woodton Conservative Alison Thomas
Hethersett Hethersett Conservative Leslie Dale
Conservative David Bills
Hingham and Deopham Deopham; Hingham Conservative Yvonne Bendle
Loddon Loddon; Sisland Conservative Colin Gould
Mulbarton Bracon Ash & Hethel; East Carleton; Ketteringham; Mulbarton; Swardeston Conservative Nigel Legg
Conservative Colin Foulger
New Costessey Costessey Liberal Democrat John Amis
Liberal Democrat Vivienne Bell
Newton Flotman Flordon; Newton Flotman; Swainsthorpe; Wreningham Conservative Phil Hardy
Northfields Wymondham Conservative Joe Mooney
Old Costessey Costessey Conservative Andrew Pond
Liberal Democrat Sharon Blundell
Poringland and the Framinghams Framingham Earl; Framingham Pigot; Poringland Conservative John Overton
Conservative Lisa Neal
Rockland Alpington; Hellington; Holverston; Kirby Bedon; Rockland St Mary; Surlingham; Yelverton Conservative Vic Thomson
Roydon Roydon Conservative David Goldson
Rustens Conservative Peter Broome
Scole Brockdish; Needham; Scole Conservative Jenny Wilby
Stoke Holy Cross Bixley; Caistor St Edmund; Dunston; Stoke Holy Cross; Trowse with Newton Conservative Trevor Lewis
Stratton Long Stratton; Tharston; Hapton; Wacton Conservative Des Fulcher
Conservative Kevin Worsley
Tasburgh Saxlingham Nethergate; Shotesham; Tasburgh Conservative Florence Ellis
Thurlton Aldeby; Burgh St Peter; Haddiscoe; Norton Subcourse; Thurlton; Toft Monks; Wheatacre Conservative William Kemp
Town Wymondham Conservative Lee Hornby
Wicklewood Barnham Broom; Kimberley & Carleton Forehoe; Morley; Runhall; Wicklewood Conservative Michael Edney

Geographical composition[edit]

The district is entirely parished, and is made up of 119 civil parishes. At the time of the 2001 census, the district had an area of 909 km², with a population of 110,710 in 46,607 households.[2]

The district contains the following civil parishes:

Neighbouring districts[edit]


  1. ^ "South Norfolk District Council Election Statistics". South Norfolk Council. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 2 December 2005.

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Coordinates: 52°29′31″N 1°13′52″E / 52.4920°N 1.2312°E / 52.4920; 1.2312