The Local Plan for the Broads: Issues and Options Consultation

Welcome to the online version of the Broads Authority's consultation into the Issues and Options version of The Local Plan for the Broads.

This digital version aims to make it easier for you to read and understand this version of the Local Plan. It is broken up into different sections and pages on common themes.

You can use the menu on the left-hand side of the page to navigate the plan, or follow the links at the top and bottom of each page.

If you would prefer to access a PDF version of the local plan you can view/download it here: Issues and Options Local Plan (PDF version)

aerial view looking over How Hill, with dykes and turf fen mill visible at dusk

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. About this consultation
  3. About Local Plans
  4. Timeline and stages for the production of the Local Plan for the Broads
  5. Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment
  6. Policy context
  7. About the Broads
  8. Duty to Cooperate
  9. The Broads: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats
  10. Vision and Objectives
  11. The rest of this Issues and Options document
  12. Your part of the Broads
  13. Climate Change
  14. Trees, woodlands, hedges and shrubs
  15. Peat
  16. Energy efficiency of the existing housing stock
  17. Flood resilience of existing dwellings
  18. Wind energy
  19. Local Green Space
  20. Quay heading in front of quay heading
  21. Water efficiency of new dwellings
  22. Tranquillity
  23. Farm diversification
  24. Agriculture development
  25. Marketing
  26. Sites allocated for change
  27. Changes/standards that may be introduced by the Government
  28. Design
  29. Development boundaries
  30. Meeting the development needs of the Broads
  31. Our existing policies
  32. Next steps
  33. Appendix 1: Privacy notice
  34. Appendix 2: List of Parishes (and Towns and City) in the Broads

1. Introduction

The Broads Authority has started the review of the Local Plan for the Broads. This first round of public consultation is the Issues and Options consultation.

There are several reasons why we are reviewing the Local Plan:

  • We commit in the current Local Plan for the Broads to start the review around 18 months after adoption; 18 months after the May 2019 adoption is November 2020. Background work started in-house in November 2020, including project planning.
  • The Local Plan 2019 was produced in line with, and examined against, the 2012 National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF). At around the time the final draft of the Local Plan was being consulted on, submitted and examined, a new version of the NPPF was released. This included transition arrangements for advanced Local Plans, such as that for the Broads, which permitted examination against the ‘old’ 2012 NPPF. It is prudent to now review the Local Plan, noting that the NPPF was updated in 2021.
  • Given that the final drafting of the current Local Plan was at the end of 2017 (submitted early 2018, examined from mid-2018 and adopted May 2019), some of the issues that are addressed in the Local Plan, such as climate change, have moved on. Again, it is prudent to start to review the Local Plan to ensure it is as up to date as possible.

We do not include policies in this document; that will be for the next version of the Local Plan. This stage is about identifying issues and discussing options.

At this ‘first steps’ stage we want to know what you think about the Broads - what you value about it, what needs improvement, and what you feel are the key issues. We would also like your views on our current planning policies and how they are working.

2. About this consultation

The questions in this document are here to prompt and guide responses on the issues we think are most relevant to the new Local Plan. You don’t have to answer them all, but please comment on any of relevance to you. Alternatively, if you want to respond more generally or cover other issues, then please email us at The important thing is to tell us what you think – we want to hear from as many and as wide a range of people as possible.

This draft document and consultation process have been developed to adhere to the Broads Authority’s Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)[1], which has been updated. The main changes to how we intend to consult on this document are as follows:

  • If you wish to discuss the document, call 01603 610734 and ask to speak to Natalie Beal (Planning Policy Officer). You can also contact Natalie to request a video conference appointment.
  • We will place hard copies of the consultation documents in libraries and Council offices as follows. We recommend that you check with the venues about any access restrictions they may still have.
  • Libraries: Acle, Beccles, Brundall, Bungay, Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Loddon, Lowestoft, Oulton Broad, Norwich Millennium, Stalham and Wroxham.
  • Council Offices: Broadland, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk, South Norfolk, East Suffolk, Norfolk County and Suffolk County.
  • Hard copies will be available at Yare House.
  • We can send you hard copies of the documents on request – please contact Natalie on the above number. This service will initially be free, but if we get many requests we may have to consider charging for postage and printing.

Consultation on this document is for 10 weeks from 3 October to 4pm 9 December 2022.. We will then read and respond to all comments received.

Please email your comments to:

We are holding three drop-in events, where you can come and talk to Broads Authority staff. Please note that we will ask you to wear masks or face shields when attending these events. They are on:

  • 10 October 2022, from 4pm - 8pm at Brundall Memorial Hall (Lounge), NR13 5LL
  • 2 November 2022, from 4pm - 8pm at Oulton Community Centre (Small hall), NR32 3AZ
  • 12 November 2022, from 10am - 1pm at Potter Heigham Village Hall, NR29 5LE

Information provided by you in response to this consultation, including personal data, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004). Please see Appendix 1 for the Privacy Notice. We will make your name and organisation public alongside your comment.

Please note that this consultation is being run alongside the consultation for the Design Guide for the Broads. You can access that consultation document here:

Are you satisfied that this consultation has followed the Consultation Principles? If not, or you have any other observations about how we can improve the process, please contact us at

3. About Local Plans

Each local planning authority must prepare a Local Plan that sets the planning policies in its local area. The Local Plan is important when deciding planning applications, as all decisions must be made in accordance with its policies, unless there are strong reasons not to do so. Local plans must be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy, in accordance with section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) and the NPPF. Every local planning authority in England should have a clear, up-to-date Local Plan that conforms to the NPPF, meets local development needs and reflects local people’s views on how they wish their community to develop.

The National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) usefully discusses what Local Plans are and what the legislative background is for producing them. It also talks generally about what they should include at Plan-making - GOV.UK (

Next page

1 - Current Statement of Community Involvement