Have your say - Consultations

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.

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Closed - Draft Masterplan for Great Yarmouth Town Centre

Note: This consultation ended on Monday, January 30

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is consulting on a new vision for the town's central area, which aims to make it more attractive for residents, visitors and investors.

The draft Masterplan, developed through an initial consultation that took place during summer 2015, illustrates how Great Yarmouth's unique and historic central spaces can evolve over the coming years to strengthen the whole town centre as a commercial and cultural hub, meeting the needs and aspirations of communities and the challenges all town centres face.

This is the longer term element of the borough council's Town Centre Initiative, which has already achieved much in just one year to boost footfall, spend and the local economy, including enhanced town centre events, better marketing, visual and environmental improvements, and a shopfront improvement grant scheme.

A three-week public consultation on the draft Masterplan runs from Monday, January 9 to Monday, January 30. People's views will help shape the vision, which includes aspirations and opportunities to lift the town centre's overall offer, including shopping and leisure, housing, transport links and visual appearance.

The draft Masterplan can be read in full at pdf icon Draft Town Centre Masterplan [5Mb]

How to take part in the consultation

You can take part by:

·         Completing a consultation form online. 

·         Completing the paper version of the consultation form, which is available in the Town Hall's Foyer, Neighbourhood Offices and Housing Offices.

·         Visiting a staffed drop-in exhibition stand in Market Gates shopping centre on Wednesday, January 18 and Wednesday, January 25 from 10am to 3pm each day.

In addition, the staffed exhibition stand will also pay visits to Great Yarmouth College and East Norfolk Sixth Form College to encourage young people to take part. 

Closed - Dog control - proposed public spaces protection order

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is consulting on a proposed legal order to update dog control measures relating to publicly-accessible land across the borough.

The council already has in place rules to tackle dog-fouling and promote responsible dog ownership. But most date to the 1980s and need to be brought under the latest legislation in order to be updated and reflect the expectations and aspirations of communities today.

Working closely with parish councils and key landowners, the borough council has drafted, under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control, which are being consulted on until Monday, October 17.

The main control measures proposed under the draft PSPO are:

·         Failing to pick up your dog's mess (borough-wide). This is already an offence but the proposed order would bring this under new legislation and extend it to cover any land across the borough to which the public have access.

·         Dogs on lead request (borough-wide). This would enable authorised council officers to request that a dog is immediately leashed if it is causing a nuisance or a hazard to itself or people. Current rules only cover certain open green spaces. The proposed order would extend it to cover any land across the borough to which the public have access.

·         Dogs on leads requirement (some locations). This would require all dogs to be leashed upon entering specific locations. Current rules already apply to some locations, but the list of sites has been reviewed and updated in consultation with parish councils and key landowners.

·         Dog bans (some locations).This bans people from taking dogs into specific sites. Current rules already apply to some locations, but the list of sites has been reviewed and updated in consultation with parish councils and key landowners.

Penalties for breach of the PSPO would be a fine of up to £1,000 upon prosecution or, as an option, a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 (or £60 if paid within 10 days) could be issued. This is in line with the current enforceable legislation for dog-fouling.

If the borough council decides to adopt the order, having considered the consultation responses, signage will be put up, awareness work would be undertaken and the order would run initially for three years from April 1, 2017, followed by a review.  

pdf icon Draft dog control PSPO [111kb]

pdf icon List of sites to which dogs on leads requirement is proposed to apply [45kb]

pdf icon List of sites to which the dog ban is proposed to apply [44kb]

To take part in the consultation, complete our Dog Control - proposed Public Space Protection Order survey. The consultation runs until Monday, 17 October 2016.

To read a press release about the proposed PSPO, click here

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which gives authorities the ability to create PSPOs, can be read here.

Closed - Borough Local Plan - Call for Sites and Policy Suggestions

What is the 'Call for Sites and Policy Suggestions'?
This 'Call for Sites and Policy Suggestions' is an opportunity for developers, landowners, individuals or other interested parties to suggest sites for allocation for development for housing (including gypsy & traveller sites), employment, retail, tourism, community facilities, green infrastructure or other types of development.  Sites or localities/areas may also be suggested for special policy treatment (e.g. protection, designation or particular requirements for their development, etc.), and other matters suggested for inclusion in the Detailed Policies and Site Allocations document.

How do I submit a Suggestion?
This consultation is open until 30 September 2016. If you have a suggestion of a development site, area policy or other matter for inclusion, please download and complete the Call for Sites and Policy Suggestions form.  Hard copies are also available from reception at Great Yarmouth Town Hall.  

Completed forms should be returned, with a scaled site plan if a development site is proposed, to the Strategic Planning team by email to localplan@great-yarmouth.gov.uk or by post to Strategic Planning, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2QF by Friday, 30 September 2016.

Even if you have previously submitted a site for consideration, please complete the form to indicate its continued availability and provide the latest details, highlighting that it is a previously submitted site. New or more up-to-date information about previously submitted sites, such as changes in ownership or information in relation to their availability or deliverability, will help inform consideration of them , Sites which are not confirmed as still available for development will be assumed to be unavailable and not included or assessed in this process.   All sites put forward and confirmed as available will be considered to assess their potential suitability for allocation for development or special policy treatment in the Local Plan.  

What happens next?
All suggestions put forward will be assessed, and the most suitable used in preparing the Local Plan Part 2: Detailed Policies and Site Allocations, which (once finalised) will allocate land for new development and apply policies to meet local needs in the Borough up to 2030. 

Sites proposed for development will also be reviewed through a process known as the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).  This is intended to monitor whether the Borough has enough realistic housing and economic development land available at any time, and is expected to be completed in advance of the plan document.  It is important to note that the inclusion of a site in the SHELAA does not represent policy, and does not provide any indication as to whether they may be allocated in the Local Plan or that it will be granted planning permission. (The SHELAA identifies land which might be developed, as opposed to the plan which will identify land which should be developed and will influence decisions on planning applications.)

The Borough Council will later publish for comment a Consultation Draft of its Detailed Policies and Site Allocations Document (provisionally early in 2017), representing its initial thinking.  Those comments will be taken into account by the Borough Council before it finalises its proposals.  There will then be another opportunity for comments, which will be considered by an independent planning inspector who will decide whether the Borough Council can adopt the proposed plan document.   

Closed - Waterways and Boating Lake restoration

A consultation is being held over design proposals for the restoration of the historic Waterways and Boating Lake, on Great Yarmouth seafront.

The borough council, the owner, is working with the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, a registered charity, on a £1.3m project to repair and restore the Grade II-listed canal, lake and surrounding parkland, along North Drive.

The partners have been progressing the project development work after the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund last year granted £45,000 to support the production of a detailed application for the full £1,020,800 of Lottery money already earmarked for the project.

To support the detailed application, a public consultation is being held, giving people the chance to inspect and comment on the design proposals.

To view the design proposals online, click pdf icon Waterways consultation design proposals [6Mb]

This consultation is now closed. The consultation took place between June 1 and July 1. 

Closed - Beacon Park proposed housing scheme

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is consulting over a proposed housing scheme at Beacon Park, which would provide distinctive high quality homes, close to the enterprise zone, while supporting the continued sustainable growth of the borough.

The council is seeking to bring forward a contemporary housing scheme of around 287 homes, with a mixture of houses, flats and bungalows in a desirable woodland setting. These would be mainly homes for sale, with the first of three proposed phases comprised of 56 homes.

The council-led project supports one of the borough council's priorities, informed through the recent borough-wide public consultation, which is to work towards an attractive mix of good quality housing, that is fit for purpose for all and meets both the borough's existing and future needs. The scheme would also support sustainable economic growth, another top council and public priority.

A public drop-in consultation event took place at Ormiston Herman Academy, Oriel Avenue, on Wednesday, January 20, from 4pm to 7pm. 

To view the exhibition boards presented at this event, please click the links below:

pdf icon Exhibition boards A1 - proposed housing scheme at Beacon Park [2Mb] 

pdf icon Consultation board A3 - Beacon Park proposed housing scheme [1Mb] 

3D sketches of the proposed phase 1 can be viewed here: Sketch 1 and Sketch 2.

To read a news item about the proposed scheme, please click here

This consultation has now closed (Sunday, January 31)

Past consultation results

Full results of the Dog Control PSPO consultation

From September 15 to October 17, 2016, the borough council held a consultation to update, under a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), the dog control measures relating to publicly-accessible land across the borough.

pdf icon Dog control PSPO - consultation results [156kb]

On November 23, 2016, the Environment Committee decided which control measures should come under the new PSPO, including to which sites the different controls should apply.  

pdf icon Dog control PSPO - Table of sites agreed [22kb]

Full results of the Transformation Programme consultation

During 2014, the borough council completed a major public consultation aiming to promote and record discussion about people's priorities, aspirations and vision for the area's future.

The 12-week Transformation Programme questionnaire, followed by informed discussions with residents, councillors and other interested parties, plus ideas submitted by young people, helped develop a strong "vision" for the borough, setting out people's priorities.

pdf icon Read the full consultation results [946kb]

The resultant document, The Plan, can be viewed here

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