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The Lowestoft Neighbourhood Development Plan is now out for its six-week regulation 14 public consultation.

The consultation, which will be open until Tuesday 7th March, is asking members of the public to submit comments on the wide range of policies that have been created to form the plan.  These policies have been strongly influenced by an initial consultation by the Town Council to find out what the people of Lowestoft think is good and bad about Lowestoft.

Alongside the documents being available on the Town Council’s website, two in-person drop-in opportunities to view and comment on the plan have been organised as the Town Council seeks to hear from a wide range of people.  The sessions will take place on Tuesday 7th February, 4pm-6:30pm and Tuesday 21st February, 10am-12noon at Hamilton House, Battery Green Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1DE.

This public consultation, known as the Regulation 14 Consultation, is part of the process of developing the plan before it comes forward for a public referendum.  Residents are encouraged to read the plan and submit any comments on the proposed policies into the Town Council by the 7th March 2023.  The comment submission form is available to download from the Town Council website, with hard copies available at the drop-in sessions.

If you require a hard copy of the plan and submission form, please contact the Town Council offices by calling 0330 053 6019 or by writing to the Town Council at Lowestoft Neighbourhood Development Plan (LNDP), c/o Lowestoft Town Council, Hamilton House, Battery Green Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1DE.

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Lowestoft Town Council has been designated the whole of the parish area of Lowestoft to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan for. The Lowestoft Neighbourhood Plan is a framework for development and regeneration of Britain's most easterly town. The town is a complex urban area comprising port, town centre, areas of deprivation, retail parks, offshore industry, as well as beaches and tourism.

The Lowestoft Neighbourhood Plan will form part of the statutory development plan for the area, together with the Waveney Local Plan. Planning applications must be determined in accordance with the statutory development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

The Lowestoft Neighbourhood Plan will be adopted by referendum and will set policies for the town for the next 15 years.

Our vision for the Lowestoft Neighbourhood Plan is to secure sustainable and high quality regeneration and economic development for Lowestoft, realising the town's potential as a vibrant and attractive place to live, work, visit and invest.

Our aims for the Neighbourhood Plan are:

  • 21st century mixed use waterfront
  • Confidence as the place to invest
  • Sustainable economy, port, town, enterprise
  • Balanced community, with range of facilities and housing
  • High quality environment
  • Heritage-led regeneration
  • Balanced and sustainable transport provision
  • Protection of local green spaces (open spaces and parks)

What are yours? We welcome your engagement as we develop the plan. Please email your thoughts to admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk and attend our engagement events which will be publicised here.

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Neighbourhood Plans have the opportunity to designate Local Green Spaces which are of particular importance to the town. This will afford protection from development (other than in very special circumstances). Local Green Spaces should only be designated if the green space is:

  • In reasonably close proximity to the community it serves
  • Demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife 
  • Local in character and not an extensive tract of land.

As we continue to development the Lowestoft Neighbourhood Development Plan we would be interested to hear your views on how policies to mitigate against climate change can be introduced and how the plan can deliver ‘low carbon’ policies. Should there by more cycle paths, should all new builds include electric car charging points, and should tree planting, street trees, rain gardens and green roofs be promoted through new development? In the meantime, you can calculate your own carbon footprint using a simple tool and a range of advice sheets on issues such as the use of energy monitors, electric vehicles, secondary glazing are available to download for free from the centre for sustainable energy.

We would like you to consider which open spaces you value in the Town and let us know if you would like them to be considered for designation via the emerging Plan. Email admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk