We are currently consulting on a Coastal Adaptation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)


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.

Relevant documents

The partnership is currently seeking views on what this document should look like and has prepared an initial consultation document from which to build from. Following this the partnership will prepare a draft document for public consultation.

How to comment

By email

Send your comments to planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

By post

Alternatively you can post your comments to:

East Suffolk Council, Planning Policy and Delivery Team
4 Canning Road
NR33 0EQ

Comments must be received by 5pm on 16 October 2020.  

If you require assistance accessing the consultation documents, please contact East Suffolk Council on 01394 444557 or email planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk. Paper copies are available free of charge.