Have your say on plans for the Broads

People with an interest in the Broads are to be asked for their views on planning, tourism and the overall five-year management of the area.

Public consultations are being launched by the Broads Authority over the next few weeks on three strategies.

And the first begins on Monday (8 February) seeking views on the Sustainable Tourism Strategy and Destination Management Plan for the Broads. The consultation runs until 4 March.

The biggest of the three strategies is the Broads Plan which is the key partnership plan for the management of the Broads, setting out the long-term vision, aspirations and guiding actions for the benefit of the environment, local communities and visitors.

It covers a wide range of themes from managing flood risk and water resources to conserving priority habitats and species, and from maintaining the navigation to connecting local communities.

Linking into the Broads Plan but with their own separate working documents are the Sustainable Tourism Strategy and the Broads Local Plan, which will contain policies on themes such as second homes, heritage and light pollution to help determine planning applications.

Consultations on the Broads Plan and the first Issues and Options stage of the Broads Local Plan will run from 15 February to 8 April.

The five-year Broads Plan will then be implemented in 2017 and the Broads Local Plan will come into effect in 2018 and run until 2036.

The Sustainable Tourism Strategy acts as a destination management plan by setting direction and actions for tourism businesses and interests over the next five years to achieve key objectives around marketing, quality of the visitor offer and visitor information.

Jacquie Burgess, Chairman of the Broads Authority, said: “These strategies are for the Broads, not just the Broads Authority and as such their success depends on a shared commitment to the Broads and to working in partnership with organisations, interest groups and local communities to make the best use of knowledge, effort and resources.

“It is essential that we fully engage with the public and our stakeholders on the plans to make sure we represent all interests and we would therefore urge people to have their say and make their views known on any or all of these plans.”

The three plans and details of how to respond to the consultations will be available from the consultation start dates at www.broads-authority.gov.uk/broadsconsultations. There will also be a summary leaflet and questionnaire at this link for the Broads Local Plan Issues and Options containing some of the less technical issues discussed in the main document. The questionnaire can also be completed online at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HHFVCCS

People will be able to go to drop in sessions throughout the Broads about the Broads Plan, the Broads Local Plan and the new Broads Landscape Partnership Scheme and hard copies of the Broads Plan and the Broads Local Plan Issues and Options document will be available from libraries and council offices throughout the Broads. Details will be on www.broads-authority.gov.uk/broadsconsultations

Notes to editors

The full list of themes in the draft Broads Plan are:

  • Managing flood risk and water resources
  • Conserving priority habitats and species  
  • Maintaining the navigation
  • Conserving local landscape character
  • Supporting sustainable development
  • Building climate-smart communities
  • Providing distinctive recreational experiences
  • Promoting understanding
  • Connecting local communities