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.

In accordance with current Government guidance, the Planning Department are mostly working from home. We encourage you to use email for correspondence at this time as this will enable your enquiry to be dealt with more quickly.

Planning documents out for consultation

Draft Guide to understanding and addressing the impact of new development on peat

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

The consultation period for the peat guide has been extended. Please submit your comments by 4pm on 4 December 2020.

Please email with your comments before the deadline.

If you wish to discuss or take part in a video conference regarding this document with Natalie Beal, Broads Authority Planning Policy Officer, please get in touch via our contact page.

Please be aware that there are no hard copies available to view in venues (if you require a hard copy please get in touch so we can send one to you).

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.