Waveney Local Plan

Community Services and Facilities

8.110 Community facilities and services are an integral part of neighbourhoods and communities. Built community facilities can include local shops, meeting places, local schools, medical facilities, sports venues, cultural buildings, public houses and places of worship. They provide places for people to meet and socialise, support community activities, encourage people to be active, access everyday goods and foster a sense of identity and well-being to those who live and visit there. To protect the long-term character and vibrancy of communities, local services and facilities that are easily accessible need to be supported and retained where possible. This applies equally to all settlements. The National Planning Policy Framework reflects this by setting out the need to positively plan for and promote the retention and development of local services and facilities.