Waveney Local Plan

East of England Park

Destination park

057 Ness Point2.35 Lowestoft is home to Britain's most easterly point, Ness Point. However, the point has poor connections and is surrounded by impermeable industrial land. There is existing open space to the north of Ness Point which is connected to Ness Point by the promenade and has heritage value with a collection of historic fishing net drying racks. However, this space is underutilised and poorly maintained.

2.36 The Area Action Plan recognised the potential to create a major new contemporary park adjacent to the seafront walkway to celebrate the eastern most point of Britain and to provide a new cultural/events space for Lowestoft and connect to the existing, quality, public areas around the Ravine and to the historic High Street by way of the Scores. Policy WLP2.5 seeks to continue the approach of the Area Action Plan in revitalising this area and making it a destination park and tourist destination.

2.37 Since the preparation of the Area Action Plan, engagement has taken place with the local community to further help shape proposals for the area. In April 2017 it was announced that £1 million funding had been secured to help deliver the park through the Coastal Communities Fund. 

 

Policy WLP2.5 - East of England Park

Land comprising the East of England Park (7.87 hectares) is allocated as a destination park together with supporting uses, including;

  • A pavilion/café/orientation facilities at Ness Point
  • Landmark structure/sculpture to celebrate the most easterly point
  • Play facilities

The site should be developed in accordance with the following site specific criteria:

  • Protect and incorporate the historic net drying racks into improvements to the open space.
  • Provide landscaping and public art to soften the visual impact of the Birds Eye Factory.
  • New steps and ramps should be provided from the open space on to the promenade.
  • High quality lighting, sculptures and banners should animate the seafront.
  • Provide signage and wayfinding measures to integrate the park with the wider town.
  • Integrate landscaping with the North Denes Caravan Park.

Proposals should be accompanied by a careful assessment of the impact on the historic setting of the Scores and the High Street.