There are a number of key strategies, plans and policies that guide the work of the Broads Authority in managing the Broads.
The Broads Plan is the key management plan for the Broads. It sets out a long-term vision and guiding actions for the benefit of the natural and cultural environment, local communities and visitors. The plan is reviewed and updated every 5-7 years. The current Broads Plan was adopted in March 2017, and covers the period 2017-22. While the Broads Authority is responsible for its production, it is a partnership plan for the Broads, and its success very much depends on a common vision, strong partnership working and the best use of shared resources.
The Vision for the Broads National Park recognises the abundant benefits we get from a healthy, functioning environment. It is based on Defra’s 2010 Vision for the English National Parks and the Broads.
The natural environment and the beneficial goods, services and cultural values it provides, from food and energy to landscape character and recreation, are in good condition, are used fairly and sustainably, and are valued by society. In particular, the precious nature of clean, fresh water as a fundamental resource is understood and respected by all.
The past and present importance of the waterways for navigation, biodiversity and recreation is recognised and cherished, and the asset is protected, maintained and enhanced. Wildlife flourishes and habitats are maintained, restored, expanded and linked effectively to other ecological networks. Land and water are managed in an integrated way, with local and landscape scale management creating resilience and enabling flexible approaches to meet changing environmental, economic and social needs.
This living, working, ‘big skies’ landscape is notable for its natural beauty, distinctive local character and historic significance. People of all ages, abilities and circumstances experience and enjoy it as a place of escape, adventure, enjoyment, work, learning and tranquillity, and as a source of national pride and identity. Sustainable living can be seen in action and there is a buoyant rural economy. Local communities are taking an active part in decisions about their future and are known for having been pivotal in the transformation to a low carbon, ‘climate-smart’ society.
The Broads National Park will be forever recognised as fundamental to our prosperity and to our mental and physical health and wellbeing. It will be forever treasured as a place that provides a “breathing space for the cure of souls”.
Based on the Broads Plan, the Broads Authority has a small set of corporate Strategic Priorities with accompanying projects and key targets. Progress against these priorities is reported at each Broads Authority meeting as a means of monitoring the delivery of the Broads Plan.
The Local Development Framework is gradually replacing the Broads Local Plan and linked planning guidance. It contains Local Development Documents that set out spatial policies and proposals for development and land use in the Broads. These are used in determining planning applications.
The Business Plan sets out how the Broads Authority allocates resources and work programmes to meet objectives, and provides a link between the Broads Plan and activities of staff and partner organisations.
The Authority is funded through Defra's National Park Grant and navigation income from toll payers. Details of annual income and expenditure are in the Budget report.
The Annual Report highlights achievements of the Authority and its partners over a 12-month period.
To view these documents visit the corporate publications page.
Our strategies for managing the broads cover such areas as conservation, land and water management, visitor services, planning and mitigating climate change.