Vibrant new waterfront area for Great Yarmouth

View from the top of Havenbridge House.Town Hall.October 2015.Picture: James Bass

View from the top of Havenbridge House.Town Hall.October 2015.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

A document detailing planned growth across the borough - including 1000 new riverside homes - will be published on the borough council's website in the next few weeks. The Local Plan Core Strategy will inform how the area grows and takes shape over the next 15 years, setting the council's vision for the area.

The plan defines two strategic locations for major residential and employment development, extending Beacon Park and creating a vibrant new waterfront area.

Under the document there will be a new target to provide for 7,140 homes, at an average rate of 420 homes per year, staggered to 300 per year until 2019/20 and 504 per year in 2020/21 to 2029/30.

Beacon Park will be extended to land south of Bradwell and forty hectares of riverside land in the centre of Great Yarmouth will be used to establish 'vibrant and well-connected neighbourhoods and create a new gateway to the town.'

This waterfront area development would comprise 1,000 new homes of a mix of types, plus floorspace for employment, retail and leisure uses. The development is a long-term ambition and would not be fully delivered during the plan period.

The plan also sets a new affordable housing threshold at five homes, meaning developments of five homes or more will be liable for providing at least 10pc as affordable housing.

Consultation is planned to take place in the Spring on a separate document identifying other potential locations for development.