Supporting documents and evidence

A range of supporting documents and evidence inform and supplement the Broads Local Plan.

Joint Position Statements

The Authority has produced joint position statements on some particular matters. These joint position statements are as follows:

  • Knackers Wood Water Recycling Centre, Horning

This has been produced and signed by Anglian Water Services, Environment Agency, Broads Authority and North Norfolk District Council.

This statement has been prepared to support Local Planning Authorities in their decision making on development in Horning, North Norfolk. To ensure that there is no increased risk to water quality, there must be no increase in nutrient loading from the Horning WRC above that assessed by the Environment Agency under the ‘Review of Consents’ project which concluded in 2007. Any development that could increase foul water flows to the WRC could increase the loading from the Centre.

The Knackers Wood Water Recycling Centre, Horning joint position statement can be found here.

  • Flood risk/Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

This has been produced and signed by the Environment Agency and the Broads Authority.

Much of the Broads Authority Executive Area will not be able to have flood risk modelled until around 2021. This Position Statement provides detail on this. This joint position statement was agreed in July 2018 and replaces the May 2017 version.

Strategic Flood Risk Assessments (SFRA)

Strategic Flood Risk Assessments (SFRA) aims to facilitate this process by identifying the spatial variation in flood risk across an area. This allows an area-wide comparison of future development sites with respect to flood risk considerations. This information is used as the basis for assessing which flood zone development is likely to be sited within. Four SFRAs cover the Broads and they can be found on the SFRA webpage.

Design guides

We have produced some design guides to help ensure that development in the executive area is appropriate and acknowledges these special qualities. The guides have been subject to consultation with the public prior to being adopted by the Authority. 

Development and Flood Risk

Most of the Broads area consists of low lying land within the flood plain and the risk of flooding is a major issue. Planning policy and guidance on development and flood risk in the Broads is guided by national planning policy and by a local Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.

The Broads Authority Flood Risk Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted on 24 March 2017 by Full Authority after the consultation period between 21 November and 4pm on 23 December 2016.

The SPD refers to a Flood Risk Assessment Tick Sheet to assist applicants in producing a flood risk assessment for minor developments and guidance for producing a Flood Response Plan to help set out what to do during a flood.

A summary of the main issues raised can be found below as well as how the issues were addressed in the final supplementary planning document.

The Consultation Statement and Adoption Statement can be found in the links below.

Annual Monitoring Reports

Annual Monitoring Reports provide an assessment of the previous year's progress in preparing and implementing the Local Development Framework for the Broads.

Local Development Scheme

We are in the process of reviewing the adopted policies and looking into issues which could be addressed through planning policy. The Local Development Scheme sets out the timeline for this work.

Landscape Character

The Landscape Character Assessment and Landscape Sensitivity Study have been developed to aid decision-making that could affect the condition of the Broads or its visual quality. They aim to promote management that seeks to conserve and enhance the area's natural beauty.