A new coastal planning document is currently being prepared. This document will provide detailed guidance on how to undertake development in areas susceptible to coastal change.


A partnership of East Suffolk Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council, the Broads Authority, and the Coastal Partnership East Team is working jointly to prepare a new Coastal Adaptation (SPD).

The purpose of the document is to offer guidance on how to interpret and carry out planning policy in relation to coastal matters. The SPD will cover the coast from Holkham in Norfolk, to Felixstowe in Suffolk.

Coastal change is an inevitable part of a dynamic coastline, presenting a challenge in planning for our coastline. The risk of coastal flooding and vulnerability to erosion along the coast does not respect local planning authority boundaries, and so coastal change will need to be considered across a wide geography. 

This document will provide development guidance through a whole-coast approach.


The objectives of producing the SPD are:

  • Ensuring that coastal communities continue to prosper and can adapt to coastal change; and,
  • To provide detailed guidance to developers, landowners, and development management teams on the interpretation of relevant planning policies, through a whole coast approach.

Once adopted, the joint document will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.


An initial consultation on the contents and topics that the SPD should cover took place from 4 September to 16 October 2020. The partnership will consider the responses and use this as a basis from which to prepare a draft document for public consultation.

Further details will be published here when available.

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