A consultation is currently underway allowing residents and landowners located at the western end of Lake Lothing to comment on the future development of the area.
The first consultation period, which ran until 31 July, saw landowners and households in the vicinity of the site have been sent a leaflet and accompanying letter which outline some early ideas about a ‘concept statement’ for the 3.6 hectare site to the south-west of Lake Lothing between Stanley Road and Saltwater Way.
Comments submitted during this consultation were used to help create the concept statement which is now subject to a full public consultation period of eight weeks, which closes on the 4th December 2015.
Under Waveney District Council’s Lowestoft Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area Action Plan, adopted in 2012, the site has been allocated for mixed-use development including employment opportunities focusing on marine activities, waterfront tourism and small-scale residential development. In April 2015, outline planning permission was granted for 44 new dwellings on the south-west part of the site.
The concept statement will provide design guidance for the future regeneration of the site in order to help implement the proposals contained within the Area Action Plan and help developers prepare acceptable planning applications for the site. The document will only be an indicative guide, however once a final draft has been adopted, any developer straying from the guidance will need to explain to the satisfaction of the Council why their proposed design is more appropriate.
Cllr David Ritchie, Waveney’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “We are keen to ensure this area is used appropriately and that all future development here provides either marine-based employment, tourism opportunities or housing. This is an exciting development site which we hope will be used to its maximum potential and we urge people to have their say at this early stage.”
To see a draft masterplan and take part in this consultation, please visit www.consult.waveney.gov.uk. Written responses can also be sent to Waveney District Council, Planning Policy and Delivery Team, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ.
For queries regarding the concept statement, please contact Waveney’s Planning Policy and Delivery Team on 01502 523043 or 01502 523065.