We value your views and carry out public consultation as part of our planning and decision making process. 

On this page you can see information about live and closed consultations carried out by the Authority.

Live consultations

Boat Safety Scheme new requirement for CO alarms

Comments are invited on a proposed new BSS requirement for suitable Carbon Monoxide alarms in good condition to be fitted to all classes of boats with accommodation. The Broads Authority is proposing to adopt the new BSS requirement from 1 January 2019.

The intended benefits are set out below:

  • Firstly, it is intended to help prevent CO poisoning of people and their pets aboard boats from sources of CO generated by the activity of others. e.g. the use of engines and appliances on adjacent boats.
  • Secondly, the enhanced protection will also help protect first-responders/emergency services, BSS Examiners, waterways staff or other workers on, or in the immediate vicinity of the boat.
  • The additional recognised benefits beyond the regulatory target are a) the anticipated effectiveness of CO alarms in preventing death or injury to boat owners placed at risk in their own boats from running the boat’s engines or appliances and b) to make craft occupants aware of moderate levels of CO which can be a long-term threat to health if left undetected.
  • Implementing the recommendation will help prevent CO poisoning fatalities and injuries to tenants on boats who may be at higher risk from CO poisoning.
  • The overall effect, based on the previous 20-year history of 30 CO boat fatalities, it could be estimated that the next 20 years could see a reduction down to one boat CO fatality every ten years.

The Boat Safety Scheme are administrating the consultation on behalf of the navigation authorities including the Broads Authority. We are encouraging all boat owners and craft operators, people who hire boats and members of the marine trade to consider the Scheme’s proposals and comment.

The consultation closes on 9 November 2018 and can be found on the BSS website.

If you have any questions regarding the consultation please contact steve.birtles@broads–

Closed consultations

Article 4 Directions in the Broads

You may be aware that there are some things you can do without needing planning permission – these are called your ‘Permitted Development Rights’. The Broads Authority is proposing to make some changes to these. The changes have not yet been agreed, so you are invited to give us your views.

This consultation closed on 20 June 2018. For more information, visit the Article 4 Directions consultation webpage.

Broads Local Plan Publication Version – pre-submission consultation

Comments were invited on the Publication version of the Broads Local Plan, which sets out the final policies we wish to use to help determine planning applications in the Broads Authority Executive Area. This is the final stage of consultation before we submit the Plan to the Planning Inspector.

This consultation closed on 12 January 2018. For more information visit our Local Plan page.

Somerton Conservation area re-appraisal

This consultation closed on 20 November 2017. For more information contact Ben Hogg, Historic Environment Manager, on 01603756074 or email

Landscape and Landscaping Guide

This consultation closed on 9 June 2017. Visit the Planning pages for more information about the guide.

Education Strategy

The Education Strategy will guide provision of learning in the Broads from 2017 to 2022. It aims to provide opportunities for young people to learn about and engage with the Broads and emphasises the benefits of high quality outdoor learning.  This consultation closed on 3 March 2016.

Salhouse Neighbourhood Development Plan

This consultation closed on 20 February 2017. For information, visit the Neighbourhood planning page.

Flood Risk Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Authority consulted on a new Flood Risk SPD. The consultation closed on 23 December 2016.

Worlingham Neighbourhood Area

The consultation closed on 21 December 2016. Find out more on the Neighbourhood Planning page.

Broads Plan 2017

This consultation closed on 8 April 2016. The Broads Plan, the partnership management plan for the Broads, has now been updated and Broads Plan 2017 was adopted in March 2017.