Consultation on shoreline plan to begin

A public consultation on a key part of the shoreline management plan (SMP) for the section of coast from Kelling to Lowestoft Ness will begin on Monday.

A public consultation on a key part of the shoreline management plan (SMP) for the section of coast from Kelling to Lowestoft Ness will begin on Monday.

There will be four public drop-in events along the coast when people will be able to see all the SMP documents and supporting studies, as well as taking a direct consultative part in a part of the project called a strategic environmental assessment.

Staff from the various organisations involved will be on hand to answer questions and explain how the community's comments have helped to shape the final draft plan, which dates back to 2004 and caused great controversy when the first draft was published.

The drop-ins will be at Sea Palling village hall on June 8, Great Yarmouth town hall on June 9, Corton village hall on June 10 and the Church Rooms in Mundesley on June 11. Each event runs 2.30pm to 7pm.

Peter Frew, head of coastal strategy at North Norfolk District Council said: 'When we consulted on the original version of this SMP it was clear that we had not got something right.

“The work we have now done, both in changing the SMP and in lobbying for change has altered the situation dramatically.”

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The documents will be available online at www.northnorfolk.org and at council offices and libraries in the coastal towns and villages.