Waveney Local Plan

Retail, Leisure and Town Centres

212 Southwold Adnams8.86 Town centres in Waveney form the heart of local communities and offer a range of community, shopping, employment and leisure uses in accessible locations which are well served by public transport. Lowestoft is the District's largest town centre, followed by Beccles. Bungay and Halesworth town centres cater for more local needs and Southwold town centre provides a strong tourism function.

8.87 The National Planning Policy Framework places great emphasis on maintaining and improving the viability and vitality of town centres and states that Local Plans should be positive in promoting competitive town centres and should contain policies for managing centres over the plan period.