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Consultations and surveys

About consultation

Consultation plays an important role in involving people and allowing people to have their say on a range of issues, helping the Borough Council to further improve services and to make more informed plans and decisions.

Open - Coastal Adaptation Supplementary Planning Document

Great Yarmouth Borough Council, East Suffolk Council, North Norfolk District Council, and the Broads Authority, in partnership with the shared Coastal Partnership East team, are inviting comments on a new supplementary planning document which provides guidance on coastal planning matters.

The draft Coastal Adaptation Supplementary Planning Document consultation opened on 25 January 2023 and will close at 17:00 on 08 March 2023.

For more information on how to view the document and provide comments, please visit the Coastal Adaptation SPD page. 

Open - Local Plan options consultation

The Local Plan options consultation opened on 06 January 2023 and will close at 23:59 on 17 February 2023.

This consultation seeks your views on some of the key matters that the new Local Plan will need to contain. The consultation comprises a series of questions to help the Borough Council prepare the Local Plan.   

The consultation seeks views on:

  • how much development we should be planning for
  • where that development should go
  • what infrastructure is needed
  • what planning policies we should have to manage new development

The consultation also seeks views on potential sites for development that could be allocated for new housing, commercial and other types of development and help meet development needs. These sites have been submitted to the Council by landowners, developers and the community through the call for sites consultation and through the direct engagement of landowners. Please note, more sites have been submitted than will need to be accommodated in the borough, and therefore many of the sites presented in this consultation will not be needed to meet development needs. We are publishing all of the sites submitted with no pre-filtering on potential suitability. This is so everyone is aware of all the possible options and have an opportunity to consider and comment on them at this early stage of Local Plan preparation. 

As part of this consultation the Council welcomes further sites to be submitted for consideration for allocation in the new Local Plan. Details of how to make comments and view the relevant documents can be found on the current planning consultations page. 

Closed - Final Draft Open Space SPD

Comments on the Final Draft Open Space SPD were sought between 25 November 2022 and 23 December 2022. 

The Draft Open Space Supplementary Planning Document (gi.ui.mediatype.odt) [138KB] (opens new window)  is an SPD that will guide those preparing a planning application for residential development by setting out how they can meet the policy requirement (Policy H4 of the Local Plan Part 2) to provide public open space. Please also see the below documents for more information: 

Comments received during this consultation will now be considered prior to the adoption of the document. 

Closed - CCTV Consultation for Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk Constabulary are proposing to install nine CCTV cameras in Great Yarmouth, to increase the public's feeling of safety by deterring anti-social behaviour. 

The proposed locations for additional CCTV and street lighting are as follows:

  • Deneside
  • York Road
  • King Street/St Peters Road
  • Blackfriars Road
  • Havelock Road
  • Victoria Road
  • Wellington Road
  • Kimberly Terrace/Camperdown
  • Nelson Road Central

These are shown on this map of  Existing and proposed locations of CCTV cameras in Great Yarmouth (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window) .

We are keen to hear from residents, businesses, community groups and sports clubs on what impact this may have. Our questionnaire will take no longer than five minutes to complete and will help inform the Council's decision.

Consultation is now closed. The closing date for responses was midnight on Monday 05 December 2022.

    Closed - Public Spaces Protection Order No 3: dog control (continuation)

    Great Yarmouth Borough Council created a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in April 2017 that:

    • brought longstanding dog control measures under the latest legislation
    • updated the rules to reflect the expectations and aspirations of communities

    The Order - to help promote responsible dog control at publicly accessible land across the borough - was introduced following a public consultation and input from parish councils and key landowners.

    PSPOs last for a maximum period of three years, after which they must be reviewed to ensure they are still required. The current Order is due to end on 30 March 2023.

    The Council recently sought the views of the public, including individuals, landowners, parish councils and other organisations, regarding whether or not the Order should be continued for another three years, or removed.

    No additional dog control measures were being proposed as part of the consultation. This review is purely on the current PSPO with a view to helping the Council decide whether or not the existing controls should be renewed.

    The consultation ran from Monday 24 October 2022 until Sunday 20 November 2022.

    You can view:

    Closed - Belton with Browston, Burgh Castle and Fritton with St Olaves Neighbourhood Area designation

    The Borough Council consulted upon the proposed designation of a joint Neighbourhood Area between the parishes of Belton with Browston, Burgh Castle and Fritton with St Olaves under Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended. The designation of a Neighbourhood Area is the first formal stage when preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. The application for a Neighbourhood Area was submitted by Belton with Browston as the lead parish council.

    Representations (comments) on the application were invited between 00:00 on 07 October 2022 and 23:59 on 18 November 2022. The responses received during the consultation will now be considered by the Broads Authority and the Borough Council, with a decision made as to whether to designate the areas as has been proposed, or not.

    The application documents and details of how to make representations can be viewed on the Belton with Browston, Burgh Castle and Fritton with St Olaves neighbourhood plan page. 

    Closed - Hemsby Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

    The Borough Council consulted upon the Hemsby Neighbourhood Plan (2021-2036) under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 between 27 September 2022 and 08 November 2022. If adopted, the neighbourhood plan's policies will be used to help decide planning applications in the area.

    The plan, together with all duly made representations, shall now be submitted to an independent examiner. 

    The proposed submission documents, can be found on the Hemsby Regulation 16 consultation page. 

    Closed - Public Spaces Protection Order No.2: vehicle-related anti-social behaviour (continuation)

    Great Yarmouth Borough Council created a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in February 2017 as part of multi-agency work to help tackle vehicle-related anti-social behaviour on and near the Great Yarmouth seafront.

    This prohibits anyone within the PSPO area from participating in, or encouraging, such activities as:

    • driving at excessive speed
    • repeated and sudden rapid acceleration
    • racing vehicles
    • performing stunts

    Where someone breaks the conditions of the PSPO, the Order allows enforcement action to be taken by police officers and authorised Council officers.

    The Order runs for a three-year period at a time and is currently due to end on 01 February 2023.

    The Council recently sought the views of the public, including residents, businesses and visitors, over whether or not the Order should be continued for another three years, or removed.

    You can view:

    Closed - Gorleston Seafront Masterplan

    We asked for initial public views on the development of a masterplan for Gorleston seafront last year (2021), receiving some 1,200 responses. Now the council is consulting on a draft document based on those responses and discussions with local leaders and organisations.

    The council has launched an online survey asking for feedback on a series of proposed actions, covering topics including conservation, accessibility, wayfinding, and events.

    This consultation closed at midnight on Sunday 18 September 2022.

    See our dedicated Gorleston Seafront Masterplan page for further information.

    Closed - Amendments to hackney carriage fares

    Great Yarmouth Borough Council proposed amendments to its hackney carriage fares under the provisions of Section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

    Please see our What are the current taxi licence fees and hackney carriage fares? page for further details.

    Objections had to be made in writing to the Licensing and Elections Manager by no later than 8 August 2022.

    Closed - Great Yarmouth call for sites

    To help inform the new Local Plan, the Borough Council undertook a call for sites between 27 May 2022 and 08 July 2022. Sites submitted through the process will be assessed as part of the preparation of the new Local Plan and will help inform what sites should be allocated for development, or protected from development, and also help inform the overall distribution of development across the Borough. All sites submitted will be subject to public consultation at subsequent stages of preparation. 

    Details of the call for sites consultation and updates on the Local Plan review can be found on the Emerging Local Plan page. 

    If you have any questions about the new Local Plan or the call for sites please contact the Strategic Planning team.

    Last modified on 24 January 2023

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