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Local Plan background studies

It is essential that the Local Plan is based on a robust understanding of the needs, constraints and opportunities presented in the district. For this reason, a number of background studies have been prepared to provide 'baseline data' and to provide an evidence base:

Culture, tourism and leisure

  • Cycle Strategy (July 2016)
    The Cycle Strategy has been prepared to help ensure cycle routes and facilities are in place to create a safe and attractive environment that will encourage people to cycle, recognise cycling as a viable transport option and afford the opportunity to enjoy their outdoor surroundings.
  • Green Infrastructure Strategy (July 2015)
    Sets out a strategic approach to improve green spaces and the connections between them to create a well connected green infrastructure network to benefit communities, wildlife and the wider environment.
  • Open Space Needs Assessment (July 2015)
    This report comprises of several assessments and discussions to provide an overview of green space in the District and how provision meets the needs of people in Waveney. Assessments include parks and gardens, amenity green spaces, play spaces, allotments, sites of biodiversity value, natural and semi-natural green space, cemeteries and green corridors.
  • Playing Pitch and Outdoor Sports Facilities Assessment (July 2014)
    This assessment identifies the quantity and quality of pitches and outdoor sports facilities in the District. It also identifies areas with a deficiency or surplus of provision, reviews existing local standards, identifies potential for shared use facilities, makes recommendations for the provision, protection and improvement of sports facilities, and recommends the sports facilities that should be provided at Oakes Farm.

Employment and retail

Flooding and coastal erosion

  • Cumulative Land Raising Study (June 2008)
    Addendum to the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment. An analysis of potential impacts on the tidal flood cell of Lake Lothing, Lowestoft as a result of proposed land raising scenarios for several regeneration sites.
  • Flood Zone 3 Factsheet (October 2017)
    This factsheet provides information to assist with the preparation of a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) in support of development proposals.
  • Flood risk assessments: Climate change allowances (July 2016)
    When and how to use climate change allowances in flood risk assessments and strategic flood risk assessments.
  • PowerPark and Peto Square Flood Risk Appraisal (September 2010)
    This flood risk appraisal informs the delivery planning work in the PowerPark and Peto Square areas of Lowestoft.
  • PPS25 Flood Risk Sequential and Exception Test (October 2010)
    PPS25 requires a sequential risk-based approach to determine the suitability of land for development. The overarching aim is to steer development to areas at low risk from flooding. This document considers land in the Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour area of Lowestoft.
  • Sequential Approach to Flood Risk in Lowestoft (February 2008)
    Accompanies the Core Strategy Submission Document. Provides evidence that supports the approach to flood risk in identifying the Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area of Lowestoft as a focus for development in the Core Strategy.
  • Shoreline Management Plans
    A Shoreline Management Plan provides a large-scale assessment of the risks associated with coastal erosion and flooding for a particular section of the coast.
  • Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (February 2008)
    The purpose of the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment is to enable a more detailed understand of flood risk and identify areas vulnerable to flooding.

Historic environment


Natural environment

  • Landscape Character Assessment (April 2008)
    The purpose of landscape character assessment is to help ensure that change and development does not undermine whatever is characteristic or valued about a particular place.
  • Water Cycle Study (June 2017)
    Assessing how planned future growth will impact upon water supply capacity, sewage capacity and environmental capacity.
  • Settlement Fringe Landscape Sensitivity Study
    The capacity of landscapes around settlements to accommodate different scales of development.
  • Wildlife Audits
    Green spaces, open spaces and County Wildlife Sites.

Renewable energy


  • Infrastructure Study (Draft) (July 2017)
    Identifying the infrastructure required to support growth planned in the First Draft Local Plan.
  • Suffolk County Transport Model (Sctm) Forecast Model Report | Addendum
    Assessing the impact upon the highway network of the development planned within the Local Plan and to identify junctions that are likely to experience congestion in the future.