There are many strategies that influence our work within the Broads including the Broads Plan, Broads Local Plan and a number of guiding strategies.

Broads Plan

The Broads Plan is the strategic management plan for the Broads. It sets out a long-term vision and guiding actions to protect and enhance the area's special qualities. The current Broads Plan covers the period 2017-22. While the Broads Authority is responsible for its production it is a partnership plan, and its success depends on a common vision, strong partnership working and the best use of shared resources. You can view the Broads Plan and corresponding newsletter updates below:

Broads Plan 2017 cover

Vision for the Broads National Park to 2030

The natural environment and the beneficial goods, services and cultural values it provides, from food and energy to landscape character and recreation, are in good condition, are used fairly and sustainably, and are valued by society. In particular, the precious nature of clean, fresh water as a fundamental resource is understood and respected by all.

The past and present importance of the waterways for navigation, biodiversity and recreation is recognised and cherished, and the asset is protected, maintained and enhanced. Wildlife flourishes and habitats are maintained, restored, expanded and linked effectively to other ecological networks. Land and water are managed in an integrated way, with local and landscape scale management creating resilience and enabling flexible approaches to meet changing environmental, economic and social needs.

This living, working, ‘big skies’ landscape is notable for its natural beauty, distinctive local character and historic significance. People of all ages, abilities and circumstances experience and enjoy it as a place of escape, adventure, enjoyment, work, learning and tranquillity, and as a source of national pride and identity. Sustainable living can be seen in action and there is a buoyant rural economy. Local communities are taking an active part in decisions about their future and are known for having been pivotal in the transformation to a low carbon, ‘climate-smart’ society.

The Broads National Park will be forever recognised as fundamental to our prosperity and to our mental and physical health and well-being. It will be forever treasured as a place that provides a “breathing space for the cure of souls”.'

Broads Local Plan

The Local Plan for the Broads sets out spatial planning policies and proposals for development and land use in the Broads, which are used in determining planning applications.

Guiding strategies

To support the Broads Plan, we have a number of guiding strategies focusing on areas such as biodiversity, volunteering, education and access.

Biodiversity and Water Strategy

The Biodiversity and Water Strategy (2013) addresses how the Authority will work to protect and enhance biodiversity within the broads to benefit habitats, species and people. For more information see the Conservation publications and reports page.

Broadland Rivers Catchment Plan

The Broadland Rivers Catchment Plan (2017) is a strategic document highlighting the vision, goals and objectives of the partnership to improve water quality, efficiency and understanding with the Broadland Catchment. You can read more on the Broadland Catchment Partnership website.

Climate Change Adaptation Plan

A Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2016) was formulated to look at the likely effects of climate change on the Broads and identifies goals, objectives and strategies to mitigate these effects.

Education Strategy

The Education Strategy (2017 - 2022) provides a framework for environmental education and wider outreach in the Broads National Park over a five year period. The strategy takes into account the high level aims and objectives of the Broads Plan. Find out more on our Broads Curriculum pages.

Fen Management Strategy

The Fen Management Strategy (1997) is used to inform and coordinate our work with partners to maintain existing and restore lost fenland in the Broads. Find out more on how we manage fenland.

Integrated Access Strategy

The Integrated Access Strategy (2013) aims to address the issue of access routes and their connections to key tourist facilities and sustainable transport links. For more information please see the access page.

Lake Restoration Strategy

The Lake Restoration Strategy (2008) outlines how the Broads Authority's approach to maintaining good water quality in water bodies in the Broads and to prevent the further decline of other existing water bodies due to climate change.

Sediment Management Strategy

The Sediment Management Strategy gives an overview of the challenge of managing sediment from the Broads waterways. It prioritises dredging requirements which have been informed by a wish list compiled by boaters. Find out more on dredging.

Tourism Strategy

The Sustainable Tourism Strategy is a five year strategy (2016 - 2020) and action plan for enhancing, managing and promoting sustainable tourism in the Broads. It has been based on extensive research and consultation and should be read and used as a guideline by all those with an interest in tourism in the Broads.

Volunteer Strategy

The Volunteer Strategy (2017 - 2022) outlines how the Broads Authority utilises volunteers and identifies multiple objectives for the future to further develop and refine our volunteer offering. Find out more on our volunteering page.