The Parish of Knapton

The civil parish of Knapton is located in the district of North Norfolk and lies within a rural area designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Just a mile from the beautiful North Norfolk coast and surrounded by open farmland, the parish nestles between six other parishes;

  • Mundesley
  • Paston
  • Edingthorpe
  • North Walsham
  • Trunch
  • Swafield

The best way to explore the Quiet Lanes that criss-cross this picturesque area is either by bicycle or, to really get the most from the beautiful views and the clean fresh air, on foot.

Parish Council Vacancy

Due to the serious ill health of David Bishop-Laggett, one of our most experienced councillors and an ex-Chairman, a vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council.
We wish David all the very best for a speedy recovery.
If you would like to make a difference and be Parish Councillor;

  • contact the Parish Clerk by using our Comment Form and selecting Something Else from the drop-down Subject list
  • click below to download the Notice of Vacancy and follow the instructions on it
Knapton Parish Council

Made up entirely of parishioners, the Parish Council is the first tier of local government for the parish of Knapton in North Norfolk, a rural area centred on the village of Knapton. Seven Councillors are elected, or co-opted, every four years to represent the interests of their fellow residents of the village. The Council meets most months on the first Tuesday of the month in Knapton Village Hall to discuss the operation and upkeep of Parish Council facilities, as well providing representation on a variety of other local issues.

Parish Councillors are volunteers and come from various backgrounds. Each year the Council elects a Chairman and Vice-Chairman to oversee the conduct of meetings. The Council employs a Parish Clerk whose primary role is to advise the Councillors, report on activities, produce minutes of the meetings, deal with correspondence and maintain the Council’s finances.

Anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should contact the Parish Clerk to ascertain whether there are any vacancies and to check out the North Norfolk District Council website for more details. The next Parish Council Elections will be held in May, 2023.

Higher Tiers of Government
Currently, Knapton falls within;

  • the Mundesley Division of Norfolk County Council
  • Trunch Ward of North Norfolk District Council
  • the North Norfolk parliamentary constituency
  • and the Eastern UK constituency of the European Parliament.

Council Funding
The Council is funded in two ways;

  • by income generated from the precept which is the money collected from village taxpayers as a part of the Council tax bill issued by North Norfolk District Council
  • money raised by the Parish Council through its own activities, including the allotment rental

What is the Council
Local parishioners working for the good of the parish

  • the council comprises of seven councillors, including the Chairman and Vice-Chairman
  • each with their own specific role to focus on
  • when required, the Chairman may ask several councillors to form a committee to work as a team on a larger project or issue
Meetings & Minutes

Parish Meetings
The Parish Council meets most months of the year on the first Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.  We will ensure that the Events Calendar always shows the correct next meeting date,  reflecting any necessary changes.

Meeting Minutes are posted here on the website usually within ten days of the meeting taking place.

The Agenda for the next meeting is usually finalised around a week or so before it’s due to take place, to allow for last minute additions to be considered.
It’s forwarded to each council member, posted here on the website and a hard copy is put on the noticeboard next to the telephone kiosk in The Street at least three working days before the meeting.

Download the Agenda for the next meeting below

Download older Agendas and Minutes from our archive

Go to our Archive

Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish meeting usually takes place on the same day as the regular parish council meeting every May, starting at 7.oopm.

Have your say
In the interest of openness and transparency we encourage our parishioners to attend our meetings and bear witness to the discussions, though we respectfully point out that this is primarily the forum where the Parish Council conducts it’s business.

So although the public cannot intervene during the meeting (unless invited to do so by the Chairman) there is a public forum at the end of each meeting when members of the public are invited to address the Council and raise any issues they may have.

Knapton Parish Councillors
Peter Neatherway (Chairman)
11 Lawn Close, Knapton
NR28 0SD
Mobile: 07795 014968
Responsibility: Chairman and Website Development
Patrick Lee (Vice-Chair)
12 Lawn Close, Knapton
NR28 0SD
Tel: (01263) 721335
Responsibility: Vice-Chair and Knapton Allotments
Mrs Dee Holroyd (Parish Clerk)
Verbena Cottage, The Street, Knapton, NR28 0AD
Tel: (01263) 720 356
Responsibility: Smooth running of the council
Alan Young
Old Hall Barn, Hall Lane, Knapton
NR28 0SG
Tel: (01263) 721544  
Responsibility: Bacton Gas Terminal & Planning Applications
ID Confirmation
Andrew Claydon
The Bungalow, Hall Lane, Knapton
NR28 0SG
Tel: 01263 720482   Mob: 07785 716078
John Lawton
Green Farm, Paston, Norfolk
NR28 9SZ
Tel: (01263) 720713
Responsibility: Community Liaison & Social Media
Elizabeth (Liz) Winter
18 Lawn Close, Knapton, Norfolk
NR28 0SD
No Tel
Responsibility:  The footpaths and walkways of the parish
David Bishop-Laggett
Resigned with effect from PC meeting in April, through ill health.
We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best for the future.
Our MP, County and District Councillors
Right Hon, Mr Duncan Baker
Right Hon, Mr Duncan BakerMember of Parliament
Elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of North Norfolk in December 2019, replacing the Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb.

Tudor House, Grammar School Lane, North Walsham, NR28 9JH

Tel: (01692) 557140

Dr Edward Maxfield
Dr Edward MaxfieldNorfolk County Councillor
Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, elected as the representative of the Mundesley Division of Norfolk County Council in May 2017.

9a Mundesley Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 0DA

Tel: 07449 706215 (Mobile)
Tel: 01692 403752 (Work)

Mr Greg Hayman
Mr Greg Hayman North Norfolk District Councillor
Elected as the Member of North Norfolk District Council for Trunch Ward (Antingham Parish, Gimingham Parish, Knapton Parish, Swafield Parish, Trunch Parish) in May 2019.

North Norfolk District Council, Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EN