The Landscape Character Assessment is a study of the Broads developed to aid decision-making that could affect its condition or visual quality.

It is intended to promote management and changes that seek to conserve and enhance the area's natural beauty.

The study has concentrated on identifying a series of areas each with a unique set of characteristics, which combine to give them their own distinct sense of place. The work has been subject to consultation with a variety of organisations and has been reviewed by the individual parish councils. It sits with the Landscape Sensitivity Study.

We have broken down the documents into the main report and appendices, then each local character assessment is listed.

Local character area assessments

Area 1 Waveney Valley - Outney Common and Bath Hills (pdf 5382 kb)
Area 2 Waveney Valley - Bungay/Ditchingham to Shipmeadow/Geldeston (pdf 7145kb)
Area 3 Waveney Valley - Barsham, Gillingham and Beccles Marshes (pdf 3265kb)
Area 4 Waveney Valley - Aldeby to Burgh St Peter (pdf 7071kb)
Area 5 Waveney Valley - Worlingham Wall to Boundary Dyke Barnby (pdf 8765kb)
Area 6 Waveney Valley - Boundary Dyke Barnby to the Fleet, Oulton (pdf 338kb)
Area 7 Waveney Valley - Burgh St Peter to Haddiscoe Marshes (pdf 2486kb)
Area 8 Waveney Valley - Flixton to Herringfleet Marshes (pdf 430kb)
Area 9 Waveney Valley - St Olaves to Burgh Castle (pdf 2110kb)
Area 10 Yare Valley - Whitlingham Lane and Country Park (pdf 3445kb)
Area 11 Yare Valley - Thorpe to Cary's Meadow, Thorpe Island and marshes, Postwick Grove and Whitlingham Marshes (pdf 3705kb)
Area 12 Yare Valley - Kirby/Postwck to Rockland/Strumpshaw (pdf 5581kb)
Area 13 Yare Valley - Claxton to Hardley Marshes (pdf 7174kb)
Area 14 Yare Valley - Buckenham and Cantley Marshes and Carrs (pdf 5776kb)
Area 15 Yare Valley - Cantley to Reedham (pdf 9638kb)
Area 16 Yare/Waveney Norton Marshes to Haddiscoe dismantled railway (pdf 2534kb)
Area 17 Chet Valley - (pdf 279kb)
Area 18 Haddiscoe Island (pdf 1610kb)
Area 19 Halvergate Marshes (ex Bure Loop and west of Tunstall Dyke) (pdf 2971kb)
Area 20 Breydon Water (pdf 5407 kb)
Area 21 Breydon/ Waveney Valley document 1 - Church Farm, Burgh Castle, Fisher's and Humberstone Marshes (pdf 1748kb)
Area 21 Breydon/ Waveney Valley document 2 - Church Farm, Burgh Castle, Fisher's and Humberstone Marshes
Area 22 Bure Valley - Upstream Wroxham to Horstead (pdf 4274kb)
Area 23 Bure Valley - Wroxham to Fleet Dyke, South Walsham (pdf 2407kb)
Area 24 Bure Valley - South Walsham to Acle Marshes and Fens (pdf 2168kb)
Area 25 Bure Valley - Lower Bure Arable Marshlands (pdf 8179kb)
Area 26 Muck Fleet Valley and the Trinity Broads (pdf 6955kb)
Area 27 Ant Valley - Upstream of Wayford Bridge (pdf 4057kb)
Area 28 Ant Valley - Downstream of Wayford Bridge (pdf 3621kb)
Area 29 Ant/Bure Valley - Ludham, Horning and Neatishead Grazing Marshes (pdf 3152kb)
Area 30 Thurne Valley - Upper Thurne Open Marshes, Broads and Fens (pdf 3271kb)
Area 31 Thurne/ Bure Valley - Martham Ferry to Oby (pdf 3566kb)

Areas which exist within the Broads boundary but have more in common with a neighbouring district's areas have been identified in our assessments and the neighbouring district's work has been referenced.

Useful links

More can be found on these areas on the relevant district councils' websites:


If you have information relevant to the local character areas please email Broads Authority Landscape Officer Lesley Marsden.