Public consultation is now underway from 25 January 2023 to 8 March 2023 for the Coastal Adaptation Supplementary Planning document.


We are seeking the views of residents in North Norfolk, East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth on a new coastal planning document. It provides planning guidance for our coastal communities that may be affected by changes to the coast and for those proposing development within coastal areas.

The consultation closes at 5pm on 8 March 2023.


Coastal change is an inevitable part of a dynamic coastline, presenting a challenge in planning for our coastline, particularly with the increased rate that our climate is changing. 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.

To address this, we have produced the draft planning document in partnership with:

  • East Suffolk Council
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Broads Authority
  • Coastal Partnership East


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

The objectives of producing the document are to ensure those completing development are clear about the requirements of local planning authorities and that coastal communities can continue to prosper and adapt to coastal change

Once adopted, this document will be taken into account when deciding planning applications.

The document contains guidance on the:

  • types of development that are likely to be acceptable within the coastal change management area
  • circumstances for when coastal erosion vulnerability assessments (CEVA) will be required to support planning applications
  • rollback and relocation of buildings affected by coastal erosion
  • types of infrastructure that may be at risk of coastal change now and in the future
  • potential to enable development to support coastal adaptation projects
  • and, templates, example model planning conditions and some best practice case studies

How to comment

We are looking for comments on the document, which has reached the Regulation 12 and 13 stage of preparation.

Visit East Suffolk Council's website for details on how to comment.


The draft Coastal Adaptation Supplementary Planning document and supporting documents are on the East Suffolk Council website.

You can also view these documents during normal office hours at North Norfolk libraries or the Council offices in Cromer or Fakenham.

Get in touch

Please use the contact details for East Suffolk Council on this page if you have a question about the consultation.