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

Corporate plans

See our Annual Business Plan, Annual Report and other corporate governance reports on the How we work page.

Broads Plan

The Broads Plan is the key management plan for the Broads executive area. 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 2022-27. While the Broads Authority is responsible for its production, it is a partnership plan and its success depends on a common vision, joint working and shared resources.

You can read an online version of the Broads Plan on our website, or alternatively download a PDF copy.

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

A wide variety of guiding strategies and initiatives support the high level Broads Plan, generally focusing on a single theme such as biodiversity, education or access. Some of these strategies are outlined below - click on the links to find out more.

Asset Management Strategy

The purpose of the Asset Management Strategy (2024) is to set out the practices and procedures which have been established to ensure that the Authority’s land, property, and other assets are managed and maintained as effectively as possible to contribute to the delivery of the Authority’s objectives, as set out in the Broads Plan 2022-27 and other key strategic documents.

It also sets out a series of key principles which will be adhered to in the management of the asset base and guidance on the procurement and disposal of land and property.

Biodiversity and Water Strategy

The Biodiversity and Water Strategy addresses how we plan to protect and enhance biodiversity within the Broads to benefit habitats, species and people. See more on the Conservation publications and reports page.

Broadland Futures Initiative

The Broadland Futures Initiative is a partnership to address future long-term flood risk management in the Broads and coast. For more information and updates, see the Broadland Futures Initiative page.

Broadland Rivers Catchment Plan

The Broadland Rivers Catchment Plan (2014) highlights the vision, goals and objectives of the Broadland Catchment Partnership to improve water quality, efficiency and understanding with the catchment. See more on the Broadland Catchment Partnership website.

Climate change and carbon reduction planning

See the latest information on the climate change page.

Education Strategy

The Education Strategy (2023-2028) provides a framework for environmental education and wider outreach in the Broads. Find out more about some of our work on our Broads Curriculum pages.

Fen Management Strategy

The Fen Management Strategy (1997) informs and coordinates our work with partners to maintain existing fen and restore lost fenland in the Broads. Find out more here: Fenland management

Integrated Access Strategy

The Integrated Access Strategy (2019) aims to address the issue of access routes, including to and between land and water, and their connections to key visitor facilities and sustainable transport links. For more information, 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.

Waterways Management Strategy

The Waterways Management Strategy (2022/23-2026/27) gives an overview of the challenge of managing the Broads waterways, and prioritises the maintenance requirements and programmes. Find out more on our dredging, riverside tree management and water plant cutting pages.

Tourism Strategy

The Sustainable Tourism Strategy (2016-2020) sets out actions to enhance, manage and promote sustainable tourism in the Broads. The action plan is overseen by Visit the Broads, working closely with the Broads Authority. Given the impact of COVID-19 on the visitor economy and strategic ambitions for tourism in the Broads, the 2016-20 action plan has been extended to 2023, with a strategy review taking place in 2022/23. The review will be subject to public consultation.

Volunteer Strategy

The Volunteer Strategy (2022-2027) outlines how we use volunteers to help our work in the Broads, and identifies objectives to develop and refine our volunteer offer. Find out more on our volunteering page.