Your chance to influence planning policy in the Broads

Anyone with an interest in the Broads is being encouraged to have their say on the development of a new Local Plan covering a wide range of planning related topics.

The Broads Authority is in the process of producing the new Local Plan which will contain policies to help determine planning applications in the area.

The Preferred Options version which includes a draft vision and objectives as well as policies is out for public consultation until 4pm on 3 February.

And tomorrow (Saturday 7 January) officers from the Broads Authority, which is the local planning authority, will be hosting a drop in session from 10am to 12.30pm at Oulton Community Centre to talk to people about the Local Plan and answer any questions.

It is one of three public sessions organised in the Broads during the consultation period. The first in Horning was on 15 December and on Thursday 19 January officers will be on hand at Loddon and Chedgrave Jubilee Hall Sports and Social Club from 6pm to 8pm.

Natalie Beal, Planning Policy Officer for the Broads Authority, said: “This is the second stage of the Local Plan development process, where we introduce our draft policies. This consultation stage offers a real opportunity for anyone with an interest in the Broads to influence the Local Plan.”

Topics covered by the Local Plan include renewable energy, affordable housing, moorings, flooding and impacts of development schemes on people and landscape.

Until the new plan is adopted the current policies in the Broads Authority’s Core Strategy, Development Management Development Plan Document and Sites Specifics Local Plan will be used to determine planning applications alongside the National Planning Policy Framework.

For further information and details on where printed copies of the Local Plan can be viewed please visit

Friday 6 January 2017