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.
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.
Note: This consultation ended on Monday, January 30
Great Yarmouth Borough Council approved the final Town Centre Masterplan on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Click here to read a press release about the approved Masterplan. Click here to read the approved Masterplan.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 Waterways consultation design proposals [6Mb]
This consultation is now closed. The consultation took place between June 1 and July 1.
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.
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.
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.
The resultant document, The Plan, can be viewed here.