Planning policies

Plans for new housing

All new developments within the Broads need to be carefully considered against our agreed policies.

Strong planning policies help ensure that development is controlled, well designed and carefully sited to be sensitive to the existing landscape while meeting the needs of local people and the local economy.

Planning Policy Consultation

There are currently three documents out for consultation.

1. Flood Risk Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

  • SPDs will help with the interpretation and implementation of Local Plan policies adopted in May 2019.
  • This is a review of the SPD we currently use.
  • It goes into more detail about flood risk and provides greater information on some Local Plan and National Policy requirements.
  • It also has some templates: for example for Flood Response Plans.
  • The document has been produced with the help of the Environment Agency, Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils (As Lead Local Flood Authorities) and Anglian Water Services.
  • We welcome any thoughts you may have on this document.

2. Marketing and Viability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

  • SPDs will help with the interpretation and implementation of Local Plan policies adopted in May 2019.
  • This is a new SPD.
  • It goes into more detail about marketing and viability and elaborates on policy requirements.
  • It sets out ways to market your site if you wish to change the use to something not normally supported by our policies.
  • We welcome any thoughts you have on this document, but we have some specific questions to ask you:
    • Question 1: Are we clear with what we need from applicants when they produce a marketing strategy? Do you have any suggestions to improve this document?
    • Question 2: We refer to a longer period or marketing of around 18 months if the market is stagnant – do you have any thoughts on that draft requirement?

3. Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

  • This is a review of our existing SCI.
  • It sets out how and when we will consult you on the Broads Plan, Local Plan and planning applications.
  • We welcome any thoughts you may have on this document.

About the consultation

The consultation period is from 27 September to 4pm on 22 November 2019.

The consultation documents are downloadable above and hard copies will be in the following venues by 4 October (to allow time for delivery of these documents).

  • Libraries: Acle, Beccles, Brundall, Bungay, Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Loddon, Lowestoft, Oulton Broad, Norwich Millennium, Stalham and Wroxham.
  • Council Offices: Broads Authority, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk, South Norfolk, East Suffolk (Lowestoft Marina Centre), Norfolk County and Suffolk County.
  • Tourist Information Centres: Whitlingham

How to comment

If you wish to comment, please email planningpolicy@broads-authority.gov.uk with your comments.

Next steps

  • We will read all comments and write a response to each one.
  • We cannot guarantee that your comment will result in changes to the documents as we may not agree with you, but we will set out our reasons.
  • We will send out a summary table of the comments received and our responses to the comments.
  • We will notify you as and when the documents are adopted/endorsed by the Authority.

The Local Plan

The Broads Authority adopted the Local Plan for the Broads on 17 May 2019. The Local Plan is the baseline for making decisions on planning applications and other development matters. The Local Plan for the Broads replaces the Core Strategy, Development Management Document and the Sites Specifics Local Plan as well as the saved TSA2 policy from the 1997 Local Plan.

National planning policy

The National Planning Policy Framework was introduced in 2012 and amended in 2019 to set out planning policies for England and how they are expected to be applied.

Other supporting documents

A range of supporting documents and evidence inform and supplement the Broads Local Plan. These include design guides, joint position statements with key stakeholders and the Flood Risk Supplementary Planning Document.