Consultations

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

On this page you can view information about current and recent public consultations carried out by the Broads Authority.

Live consultations

Beccles Neighbourhood Plan area change

We are consulting on a change to the area covered by the Beccles Neighbourhood Plan. The change reduces the area to just that of Beccles Town Council area.

The consultation runs until 28 July 2017.

More information can be found on the Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Council site.

Please send any comments to waveneylocalplan@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Closed consultations

Below we have detailed the consultations which are recently closed but you might be interested in following their progress.

Landscape and Landscaping Guide

This consultation closed on 9 June 2017.

We are preparing new planning design guidance on landscape and landscaping considerations as part of development proposals. We consulted on this draft guidance: Landscaping Strategy and Detail Guidance draft (pdf) and are now producing a final version of this and other guidance. Visit the Planning pages for more information.

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.

The consultation closed on Friday 3 March 2016.

Salhouse Neighbourhood Development Plan Consultation

This consultation closed at 5pm on 20 February 2017.

Broadland District Council and the Broads Authority have published the proposed Salhouse Neighbourhood Development Plan for public consultation. The Neighbourhood Development Plan has been prepared by a volunteer working group, on behalf of Salhouse Parish Council, in consultation with residents and other stakeholders.

Links to the documents and information on how to comment can be found on the Neighbourhood planning page.

Broads Local Plan Preferred Options

This consultation closed on Friday 3 February 2017.

The new Local Plan will have policies and land use allocations to help determine planning applications.

This was the second stage of the Local Plan production process, where we introduced our draft policies.

Please note that the document combines three of our current planning policy documents and is therefore around 250 pages long with around 100 policies.

You can view the consultation documents on the New Local Plan page.

Flood Risk Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Authority is consulting on a new Flood Risk SPD.

The consultation ran from 21 November to 4pm on 23 December 2016.

Worlingham Neighbourhood Area

Worlingham Parish Council have made an application to Waveney District Council and the Broads Authority to designate a Neighbourhood Area, for the purposes of developing a Neighbourhood Plan. You can find out how to comment on the Neighbourhood Planning page. The consultation runs until Wednesday 21 December 2016.

Broads Plan 2017

This consultation closed on 8 April 2016.

The Broads Plan, the partnership management plan for the Broads, has been updated and Broads Plan 2017 was adopted in March 2017. To view the consultation documents, click on the links below.

Revised draft Broads Plan 2017

Revised draft Broads Plan 2017 - Sustainability Appraisal

Revised draft Broads Plan 2017 - Habitats Regulations Assessment

Schedule of responses to first draft Broads Plan 2017

First draft Broads Plan 2017

First draft Broads Plan - Sustainability Appraisal (SA)

First draft Broads Plan - Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)

Neighbourhood Area applications

Lound Parish Council with Ashby, Herringfleet and Somerleyton Parish Council have made an application to Waveney District Council and the Broads Authority to designate a Neighbourhood Area, for the purposes of developing a Neighbourhood Plan. You can find out how to comment on the Neighbourhood Planning page. The consultation runs until Friday 12 August 2016.

Horstead and Stanninghall Parish Council have made an application to Broadland District Council and the Broads Authority to designate a Neighbourhood Area, for the purposes of developing a Neighbourhood Plan. You can find out how to comment on this Neighbourhood Planning page. The consultation runs until Tuesday 2 August 2016.

Biodiversity Enhancements Guide and Waterside Chalet Guide

We are producing new guidance on the topics of biodiversity enhancements and waterside chalets.

Both the new guides aim to give developers and owners of chalets high level information to help with design and implementation, and highlight some of the common issues to consider.

We are consulting on these documents from 8 July 2016 to 4pm on Friday 26 August 2016 and welcome your views so please take a look at the following documents:

At the end of this period, we will produce a consultation statement that shows who we consulted and how as well as who said what in response. This document will include our response to these comments. Your comments may inform the final version of the guides, but we cannot guarantee they will change the final guides as this depends on the overall result of the consultation. If they do not, we will explain our reasons.

Please note that your name, organisation if relevant and comment will be made public in the consultation statement in the interest of transparency. We will process your personal data in accordance with data protection policies.

Following the consultation stage, the final version of the guides will be taken before a future full Authority committee for adoption.

We look forward to hearing your views which can be emailed to our planning policy team.

HELAA Methodology

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessments (HELAAs) are key evidence documents which support the preparation of Local Plans. Their purpose is to establish how much suitable development land there is in an area and to test if this land could be developed. This consultation runs from Monday 21 March to Tuesday 3 May 2016.

Broads Plan and Broads Local Plan

The Broads Plan is the key strategic management plan for the Broads. It is a partnership production, setting out the long-term vision for the Broads and guiding actions for the benefit of its environment, local communities and visitors. Please go to the Broads Plan 2017 page for full information.

The Broads Local Plan sets out the strategic spatial planning policy for the Broads. It is used by the Broads Authority, the Local Planning Authority for the Broads, to help determine planning applications and shape the future development of the area. Please go to the new Local Plan page for full information.

The consultation time for both of these runs from 15 February to 8 April 2016. We welcome your views and ideas.

You can drop in and talk to officers about the plans and also find out more about ‘climate-smart’ thinking, the Stalham Staithe Conservation Area, and our exciting new Landscape Partnership Scheme, ‘Water, Mills and Marshes’.    

Saturday 5 March 1.30-3.30pm at Stalham Town Hall, High Street, Stalham
Saturday 19 March 10am-noon at Oulton Community Centre, Meadow Road, Lowestoft
Wednesday 23 March 6.30-8.30pm at Brundall Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall

Stalham Staithe Conservation Area reappraisal

The Broads Authority, as part of its ongoing review of heritage assets has prepared a draft reappraisal document for consultation on the existing Stalham Staithe Conservation Area. As part of the process a letter and information leaflet has been sent to all residents and statutory consultees.

The consultation runs from 22 February to 7 April.

The Authority is also holding an open afternoon to give people a chance to discuss the matter with officers and get a deeper understanding of what is being suggested. This will be held on 5 March 2016 between 1.30 and 3.30pm at Stalham Town Hall.

Sustainable Tourism in the Broads 2016 to 2020

The purpose of the Tourism Strategy and Destination Management Plan for the Broads is to guide how tourism is developed, managed and promoted.

It is a document for everyone engaged with and affected by tourism in the Broads.  It provides the basis for agreeing annual priorities and actions and for checking progress.

You can read the latest draft strategy here and a schedule of the public consultation responses here. The strategy was also subject to a habitats regulations assessment.

Mooring and riverbank stabilisation

We are producing new guidance to help with mooring and riverbank stabilisation design.

Our existing guide on riverbank protection works is now more than 10 years old. As part of the Local Plan review, officers have reproduced the guide with up to date content to reflect current practice and lessons learned.

Both the new guides aim to give developers of moorings and riverbank stabilisation high level information to help with design and highlight some of the common issues to consider.

We are consulting on these documents from 14 July 2015 to 4pm on Friday 4 September 2015 and welcome your views so please take a look at the riverbank stabilisation guide and the mooring design guide.

At the end of this period, we will produce a consultation statement that shows who we consulted and how as well as who said what in response. This document will include our response to these comments. Your comments may inform the final version of the guides, but we cannot guarantee they will change the final guides as this depends on the overall result of the consultation. If they do not, we will explain our reasons.

Please note that your name, organisation if relevant and comment will be made public in the consultation statement in the interest of transparency. We will process your personal data in accordance with data protection policies.

Following the consultation stage, the final version of the guides will be taken before a future full Authority committee for adoption.

We look forward to hearing your views which can be emailed to our planning policy team.

Brundall Neighbourhood Development Plan

The consultation on this plan is now finished but you can find out more details on the Neighbourhood planning page.