Wroxham & Coltishall

Have your say on the future of the Broads

Just Regional
Apr 12, 2024 2 mins read

The Broads Authority is inviting people living in the area to have their say on the “preferred options” version of the Local Plan for the Broads, and on the local validation checklist for planning applications.

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Adopted in 2019, the document sets policies to help determine planning applications and is now due for a review.

Natalie Beal, planning policy officer for the authority, said: “This is the second stage of producing a local plan. We welcome thoughts from anyone on the various issues we talk about

“For example, how should the local plan respond to climate change? How should we protect and enhance biodiversity

“We are also asking for suggestions of locations for residential dwellings, moorings and gypsy and traveller sites around the whole of the Broads.”

There will be drop-in events where people can go along to find out more, including one at Wroxham church hall on Saturday, April 13, from 10am until 1pm.

You can also see the consultation documents at broads-authority.gov.uk and you can email your comments to planningpolicy@broads-authority.gov.uk.

As well as the Wroxham event, there will be the opportunity to go along to Filby village hall between 4pm and 8pm on April 30 and Blyburgate Hall, Beccles, on May 8 between 5.30pm and 9pm.

At the end of the consultation, the authority will consider the feedback and, if appropriate, incorporate it into future versions of the document, whch will be submitted to the planning inspector by the end of June 2025.

The local validation list includes the requirements for members of the public and developers on what information to include in planning applications.

This is being updated to include what Biodiversity Net Gain information must be included with planning applications.

This is a mandatory policy which aims to reverse the historic decline in biodiversity by making sure that any new development subject to planning permission creates and improves the natural habitats.

These can be viewed and commented on at libraries including Wroxham and Stalham, at district council offices, and at www.broads-authority.gov.uk/about-us/how-we-work/transparency/consultations.

The deadline for comments for both consultations is 4pm on May 17.

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