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 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 is 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 are consulting again because the first consultation ran through lockdown.

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

The consultation will run for 8 weeks, beginning on 25 September 2020 and closing at 4pm on 20 November 2020.

Please email PlanningPolicy@broads-authority.gov.uk 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).

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 is 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 consultation will run for 8 weeks, beginning on 25 September 2020 and closing at 4pm on 20 November 2020.

Please email PlanningPolicy@broads-authority.gov.uk 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).

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

The consultation will run for 6 weeks, beginning on 4 September 2020 and closing at 5pm on 16 October 2020.

View the Coastal Adaptation SPD initial consultation document and make a comment

Should you not be able to view the documents online, please make contact by phoning 01394 444557 or emailing planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk and we will provide a physical copy (free of charge) by post.

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.