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 our current and recent consultations.

If you wish receive updates on the Broads Plan and Local Plan please contact us to be added to our consultation database.

Current consultations

Draft Broads Plan 2022-27

The Broads Plan is the key management plan for the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. It sets out a long-term vision for the area, and priority actions for the Broads Authority and its partners under six headline themes:

  • Responding to climate change and flood risk
  • Improving landscapes for biodiversity and agriculture
  • Maintaining and enhancing the navigation
  • Protecting landscape character and the historic environment
  • Promoting understanding and enjoyment
  • Connecting and inspiring communities

Click on the links below to see the consultation documents:

Please send your comments to

The closing date for this consultation is 5pm on Friday 15 July 2022.

You can also see a ‘reference only’ paper copy of the draft Broads Plan at the following venues during the consultation period (please check with individual venues for current Covid-19 access restrictions):

  • Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1RY
  • Broadland District Council, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich NR7 ODU
  • East Suffolk Council, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft NR33 0EQ
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF
  • North Norfolk District Council, Holt Road, Cromer NR27 9EN
  • South Norfolk Council, Swan Lane, Long Stratton NR15 2XE
  • Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH
  • Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX
  • Acle Library, Bridewell Lane, Acle NR13 3RA
  • Beccles Library, Blyburgate, Beccles NR34 9TB
  • Brundall Library, 90 The Street, Brundall NR13 5LH
  • Bungay Library, Wharton Street, Bungay NR35 1EL
  • Cromer Library, Prince of Wales Road, Cromer NR27 9HS
  • Great Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth NR30 2SH
  • Loddon Library, 31 Church Plain, Loddon NR14 6EX
  • Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft NR32 1DR
  • Oulton Broad, Library Council Offices, 92 Bridge Road, Oulton Broad NR32 3LR
  • Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW
  • Stalham Library, High Street, Stalham NR12 9AN
  • Wroxham Library, Norwich Road, Wroxham NR12 8RX

Mutford Lock Harbour Revision Order

On 3 August 2018, Associated British Ports (ABP) made a formal application to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) under section 14 of the Harbours Act 1964 for The Port of Lowestoft (Transfer of Mutford Lock) Harbour Revision Order 2021 (“the Order”).

The Order authorises the transfer of Mutford Lock, adjoining land held with Mutford Lock, and statutory powers or duties relating to Mutford Lock from ABP to the Broads Authority. Full details can be viewed in the Order and the rationale behind the powers can be viewed in the accompanying statement in support.

The Order is concurrent with The Broads Authority (Transfer of Mutford Lock) Harbour Revision Order 2021.

The MMO approved the making of the Order on 14 January 2021, details of the decision-making process can be viewed in The Port of Lowestoft (Transfer of Mutford Lock) Harbour Revision Order 2021 decision letter. The Order will be laid before parliament on 21 January 2021 and will come into force on 19 February 2021.

Documents in connection with the above order are available to view or download below:

If you require any of the documents in an alternative or accessible format please contact us.

Recent consultations

Lound with Ashby, Herringfleet and Somerleyton Neighbourhood Plan

East Suffolk Council is publicising the plan and inviting representations under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations (2012). Representations will be forwarded to the examiner for consideration alongside the plan.

Copies of the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available to view at the East Suffolk website.

Physical copies are also available to view at Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Libraries. Should you not be able to view the documents online or in person, please contact East Suffolk Council on 01394 444557 or email and we will, where possible, provide physical copies or specific sections of the documents (free of charge) by post.

The consultation period ran from 1 September to 5pm on 13 October 2021.

Draft Marketing and Viability Guide consultation

Several policies in the Local Plan for the Broads will require an applicant or agent to carry out a robust marketing campaign and/or a viability assessment if a development is proposed which is promoting something different to the adopted policy position.

This guide explains what is meant by marketing and viability, and which Local Plan policies have this requirement. It highlights how to carry out these processes and provide information in the way the Broads Authority requires. Following this guide will reduce the chances of a delay in determining the subsequent planning application in relation to these requirements.

The deadline for comments was 4pm on 10 September 2021.

Please email in your comments to

Belaugh Conservation Area Appraisal consultation

Belaugh conservation area was designated in 1973 and was last appraised in 2011. The majority of the Belaugh conservation area is within the Broads Authority executive area, where the additional planning requirements for a conservation area already apply. A proposed extension is within the Broadland District Council area.

It is good practice to review conservation area status periodically, which is why we are consulting you now.

As part of the review of Belaugh’s conservation area, a reappraisal document has been prepared by the Broads Authority in consultation with Broadland District Council. This examines the history of the village and most importantly seeks to describe the special character of the area. This should be useful to residents, home owners, developers and the local planning authorities so that we can all seek to ensure that any future changes to the village protect and enhance those elements that make up its special character. The document also reviews the boundaries of the conservation area. It suggests some changes and highlights some potential opportunities for enhancement, as well as proposing some additions to the Local List and two Article 4 directions.

Please see the documents below for more information:

Local List

An essential part of our work at the Broads Authority is supporting the protection and enhancement of the Broads' rich and varied architectural heritage. Historic buildings are important assets and require specialist technical advice when considering repairs or alterations. Many of these buildings have been recognised and are nationally Listed.

There are also buildings and structures of historic quality within the Broads which may not meet the strict national criteria for listing. They are however appreciated by local people and visitors to the area for many reasons and clearly contribute to the character of the Broads through their appearance or historical associations.

These buildings, where identified within Conservation Area appraisals, can be included on the Broads Local List of Heritage Assets. Although Locally Listed Buildings are not statutorily protected, the Local List is linked to policies in the Local Development Plan to acknowledge their special qualities and importance to both local people and the character of the area.

Please see the Local List map for those properties it is proposed to include in the Broads Authority Local List:

Article 4 Directions

Article 4 directions can be made by the local planning authority to restrict the scope of permitted development rights in relation to particular areas. They are made to provide some control to works that could otherwise harm the amenity of a conservation area and will mean that a planning application (free of charge) will be needed if it is proposed to undertake specified works.

To protect the river scene, we are proposing an Article 4 Direction relating to solar panels on the following properties:

The Street, Belaugh, numbers 1, 3, 5 (Staithe Cottage), 6, 7, 10 (Hillside), 11, 12 (Riversdale), 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 (The Old Rectory)

To protect thatched roofs and the contribution that this particular group of thatched properties make to the visual amenity of the conservation area, we are proposing an Article 4 Direction relating to the change of roofing materials on the following properties:

Top Road, Belaugh, numbers 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11

We will be holding a drop-in session on Saturday 4 September between 10am - 12pm at the Church Rooms, Belaugh. Please come along and ask any questions or provide us with your comments.

Please let us have your comments and views on the points above by Friday 10 September 2021 by contacting our Planning Department at Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1RY, 01603 610734 and

Beccles Neighbourhood Plan

Beccles Town Council submitted their Neighbourhood Plan to East Suffolk Council and the Broads Authority ahead of it being submitted for independent examination. East Suffolk Council is publicising the plan and inviting representations under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations (2012). Representations will be forwarded to the examiner for consideration alongside the plan.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Subject to the plan successfully completing all the relevant regulatory stages, the policies and proposals contained in the plan will be used by East Suffolk Council and the Broads Authority in the determination of planning applications within the Beccles Neighbourhood Area.

The deadline for comments was 8 February 2021.

Draft Residential Moorings Guide

The Residential Moorings Guide will help implement the policies of the Broads Local Plan relating to residential moorings. It contains information to help support a planning application, as well as extra information to help make schemes successful.

This was the second consultation on this Draft Residential Moorings Guide. We have responded to comments received as part of the first consultation, and amended as appropriate. We consulted again because the first consultation ran through lockdown.

View the comments received as part of the first consultation on the residential moorings guide.

The deadline for comments was 20 November 2020.

Draft Guide to understanding and addressing the impact of new development

The Local Plan for the Broads includes a policy that seeks the reduction in the amount of peat that is excavated. This guide helps to implement that policy.

This was the first consultation on this Draft Guide to understanding and addressing the impact of new development. It is likely to be the only consultation on this guide.

The deadline for comments was 20 November 2020.

Coastal Adaptation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

A partnership of East Suffolk Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council, the Broads Authority, and the Coastal Partnership East Team is seeking views on the content of the draft Coastal Adaptation SPD.

The SPD will cover the coast from Holkham in Norfolk to Felixstowe in Suffolk. The purpose of this joint document is to provide guidance on how to interpret and implement planning policy in relation to coastal matters. Following this early consultation the partnership will prepare a draft document for public consultation. Once adopted the joint document will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

At this consultation stage, we welcomed comments from anyone who has an interest in the coast or may be affected by changes to the coast.

The deadline for comments was 16 October 2020.

View the Coastal Adaptation SPD initial consultation document

Ludham Conservation Area re-appraisal

We re-appraised the Ludham Conservation Area in 2020. The deadline for comments was Friday 15 May 2020.

The reappraisal aimed to assist a better understanding of the character of places and what makes them special to people.

Ludham Conservation Area re-appraisal leaflet

Ludham conservation area re-appraisal additional information

Marketing and Viability Supplementary Planning Document

We consulted on the Marketing and Viability SPD in October/November 2019 and again on an amended version in June 2020. There was a 12 week consultation period which ended on Friday 5 June.

Residential Moorings Guide

The Residential Moorings Guide was a new guide that was consulted on in 2020. There was a 12 week consultation period which ended on Friday 5 June.

Flood Risk Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) consultation

We reviewed and amended the Flood Risk SPD. This was the second round of consultation that ran from 31 January 2020 to 4pm on 4 March 2020.

Visit our planning policies page for more information.

Neighbourhood area consultations

Mettingham, Barsham and Shipmeadow and Ringsfield and Weston wish to form a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of producing a Neighbourhood Plan. Because this is more than one parish, the proposal needs to be consulted on. The consultation period ran from 09 December until 24 January 2020.

Visit our neighbourhood planning page for more information.