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.

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 wellbeing. It will be forever treasured as a place that provides a “breathing space for the cure of souls”.'

Guiding strategies

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

Sustainable Tourism Strategy
Sediment Management Strategy
Lake Restoration Strategy
Broadland Rivers Catchment Plan
Fen Management Strategy
Climate Change Adaptation Plan
Volunteer Strategy
Education Strategy
Integrated Access Strategy

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.

Business Plan, Budget and Annual Report

The Business Plan sets out how the Broads Authority allocates resources and work programmes to deliver the Broads Plan and routine corporate activities. 

The Authority is funded through Defra's National Park Grant and navigation income from toll payers. Details of annual income and expenditure are in the Budget report.

The Annual Report highlights achievements of the Authority and its partners over a 12-month period.

Visit the corporate publications page to see these documents.