Waveney Local Plan

How to use this consultation document

The Local Plan is unavoidably a long document. The document aims to tell a story by setting out the issues the District faces, a vision of what the District will be like in 2036 and a strategy consisting of policies and site allocations of how the District will get there. The document is split into the following sections:

Context
This section sets out some background on the District as it is today. It identifies many of the issues which the District and its towns and villages face.

1.Overall Strategy for Growth
This section identifies the vision for the District in 2036 and the objectives of the Local Plan. It sets out the scale of growth the Council needs to plan for and how that growth will be split between the towns of the District and the rural areas. It describes the high level approach to delivering infrastructure which will be needed to support growth. It also has two policies to help ensure the overall strategy is delivered.

2.Strategy for Lowestoft
This section identifies how the Council will facilitate growth in the Lowestoft area. A big part of the plan is providing a regeneration strategy for Central and Coastal Lowestoft to continue the success of the Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area Action Plan. This section also identifies a number of sites for development both within and on the edge of Lowestoft together with the infrastructure needed to support it.

3.Strategy for Beccles and Worlingham
This section identifies how the Council will facilitate growth in the Beccles and Worlingham area. It identifies a number of sites around the town for development together with the infrastructure needed to support it.

4.Strategy for Halesworth and Holton
This section identifies how the Council will facilitate growth in the Halesworth and Holton area. It identifies a number of sites around the town for development together with the infrastructure needed to support it.

5.Strategy for Bungay
This section identifies how the Council will facilitate growth in the Bungay area. It identifies a number of sites around the town for development together with the infrastructure needed to support it.

6.Strategy for Southwold and Reydon
This section identifies how the Council will facilitate growth in the Southwold and Reydon area. It identifies a site on the edge of Reydon for development together with the infrastructure needed to support it. The section also identifies a policy to manage development within Southwold Harbour.

7.Strategy for the Rural Areas
This section identifies a settlement hierarchy of the villages within the District and identifies which villages will grow over the next 20 years. The section also identifies specific sites for development in many of the District's villages.

8.District-Wide Planning Policies
This section identifies the planning policies which will manage development across the District. They cover topics including housing, employment, town centres, tourism, transport, community facilities, climate change, design and natural and built environment.

Appendices and Map Book
The appendices can be found in a separate booklet. A map book has also been prepared to provide a spatial representation of polices and proposals in the document. 

Duty to Cooperate

04 Duty to Co-Operates LogosThe duty to cooperate is a legal duty on local planning authorities, county councils and public bodies to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis to maximise the effectiveness of Local Plan preparation in the context of strategic cross boundary matters.

Waveney has engaged constructively with all partners to date in the preparation of this Local Plan and in the preparation of neighbouring authorities Local Plans. The Council's main strategic relationships are with Suffolk County Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Broads Authority, South Norfolk District Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The Waveney District Council area is its own housing market area and functional economic area, therefore the Local Plan needs to meet all the needs for housing and economic development within the District boundary. The Council has worked with neighbouring authorities in concluding the boundaries of housing market areas and functional economic areas. At present it is considered that housing and economic needs can be met within the local housing market and functional economic areas which operate in the area. It should be noted that the Broads Authority Local Planning Authority Area overlaps with the Waveney District Council area. The Broads Authority crosses a number of housing market areas, however, it has identified an objectively assessed need for housing for each area of the Broads. For the Waveney area, the objectively assessed need for the Broads Authority area is 51 dwellings between 2012 and 2036. This figure forms part of the objectively assessed need for the Waveney District Area. Development within the Broads area in Waveney will meet this part of the need.

In terms of infrastructure provision the Council has worked constructively with infrastructure providers such as the local Clinical Commissioning Group and Suffolk County Council. This engagement will be ongoing during the preparation and implementation of the Local Plan.

For environmental matters the Council has worked closely with the Broads Authority on developing an evidence base on landscape and will continue to work with neighbouring authorities to assess the impact of policies and proposals on internationally protected habitat sites. 

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans are optional plans prepared by the community which set out the detailed planning policies and proposals for their specific area.

All the policies in the Local Plan are 'strategic policies'. This means that policies and proposals within Neighbourhood Plans should be in conformity with these policies. Some policies provide specific guidance for Neighbourhood Plans. 

Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal is an iterative process which must be carried out during the preparation of a Local Plan. Its purpose is to promote sustainable development by assessing the extent to which the emerging Local Plan, when considered against alternatives, will help to achieve relevant environmental, economic and social objectives. A draft sustainability appraisal has been undertaken on all the different policy options and site options considered during the preparation of the First Draft Plan. The draft sustainability appraisal also considers the cumulative effect of the First Draft Plan on sustainability objectives.