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North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone Design Guide

Posted by East Suffolk Communications Team on 13 December 2019 | Comments

Local residents, businesses and other interested parties are being asked for their views on draft design guidance for the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone.

The Draft North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document is being consulted on for 6 weeks commencing on Friday 13th December 2019 and closing at 5pm on Friday 24th January 2020.

The North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone is a project carried out in partnership with Historic England, Lowestoft Town Council and East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust which will run until the end of March 2023. East Suffolk Council is actively supporting the HAZ programme of work, including through the commissioning and production of this Design Guide. Following the consultation, the Council will consider the comments received prior to finalising the document early next year.

The Heritage Action Zone focusses on the historic High Street, steep narrow Scores in the cliff, historic smokehouses and net stores, the Victorian parks of north Lowestoft, and the large scale employment area known as the PowerPark. The project will provide support, training, advice and grant funding to bring buildings back into use as housing or commercial spaces. Research and a programme of community activities will make sure that the heritage of the area becomes better-known and valued. The production of the Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document forms a part of the project and will provide guidance for new development and alterations to ensure they are designed to respect the historic character of the HAZ area. Once finalised, the Supplementary Planning Document will be a consideration in determining future planning applications in the area.

Councillor David Ritchie, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Coastal Management at East Suffolk Council, said:

“The production of this design guidance is an important part of the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone project, which will ensure that development within the area reflects the importance of its heritage. I strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in this area and its buildings and environment to get involved and have your say on the draft design guidance.”

The Draft HAZ Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document can be read and commented upon online. Alternatively, paper copies can be viewed at the following locations:

  • East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge. IP12 1RT.
  • Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft. NR33 0EQ
  • Woodbridge Customer Services Centre, New Street, Woodbridge. IP12 1DT.
  • Marina Customer Services Centre, Marina, Lowestoft. NR32 1HH.
  • Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft. NR32 1DT.

The Planning Policy and Delivery Team at East Suffolk Council can be contacted at planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk or on 01502 523065.

To be kept up to date with the broader programme of work, events and training throughout the North Lowestoft HAZ project please refer to East Suffolk Council’s North Lowestoft HAZ webpage. Alternatively, Twitter users can follow @Lowestofthaz.

All comments must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 24th January 2020.