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Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Application for Development Consent

Our Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the Third River Crossing is currently being examined by an examiner appointed by the Planning Inspectorate. For more information about our application and the examination visit the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

On 11 December 2019 we submitted an application for three proposed non-material changes to our DCO Application to the Planning Inspectorate. We’re holding a non-statutory consultation on the Proposed Changes Application between Friday 13 December 2019 and Tuesday 14 January 2020.

The full Proposed Changes Application document can be viewed via the link below, which includes details of the three non-material changes. In summary, the changes are:

  • NMC1 - Removal of some originally proposed waiting restrictions on the east side of Southgates Road / South Denes Road;
  • NMC2 - Reduction in the extent of the originally proposed waiting restriction on the north side of the access road to the Kingsgate Community Centre (Queen Anne’s Road);
  • NMC3 - Provision of a disabled parking bay within the proposed new parking area on the south side of Cromwell Road.

View the Proposed Changes Application document

The Notice in Appendix D of this document contains details of where paper copies can be viewed.

Any responses to the Proposed Changes Consultation must be made in writing, with the reference ‘Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing – Proposed Changes Application', and sent to the Council via either of the contact details below, by 11.59pm on Tuesday 14 January 2020:

  • Post: Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing, Community and Environmental Services, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 2DH
  • Email:

Any representations on the proposed changes to the DCO Application must be received by the Council no later than 11.59pm on Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Stage 3 public consultation

We carried out a public consultation on the Third River Crossing from 20 August until 9 December.

During the consultation, we became aware that volume II of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) as published had 21 figures (plans) missing.  In response to this, we extended the deadline to make sure people were aware of the issue and had plenty of time to consider and comment on the figures alongside the published consultation documents.  As a result the consultation deadline was extended to 11.59pm on Sunday 9 December 2018.

You can still view the consultation documents by using the links below.

Consultation documents


The Third River Crossing requires a special type of permission, called a Development Consent Order, to construct, operate and maintain it. Under the Planning Act 2008 we have to carry out a statutory consultation before we apply for a Development Consent Order. The stage 3 consultation was this statutory consultation.

We have produced a Statement of Community Consultation (SOCC), which detailed how we would consult.

Ongoing scheme development

The responses received from the Stage 3 consultations are helping us to develop the final scheme that will form the Development Consent Order application.  As part of this process, we carried out some localised consultations on proposed changes to the scheme with those who are likely to be affected in early 2019.

These consultations are now closed, however links to the proposals we consulted on are provided below:

  1. Minor changes to the red line boundary
  2. Removal of the large commercial vessel waiting facility to the south of the proposed crossing
  3. Changes to the Mind Community Roots site

Previous consultations

Two non-statutory consultations on the Third River Crossing have also been completed:

Stage 1 (November 2016 – January 2017) Initial engagement consultation to understand views on congestion, share emerging proposals and understand level of support.  Key results were:

  • 81% of respondents stated that they would either be very likely, or likely to use a new Third River Crossing
  • 71% of respondents saw congestion in Great Yarmouth as either a serious or a very serious issue, with many being delayed for lengthy periods of time
  • 79% of respondents to the public questionnaire either strongly agreed, or agreed that the Third River Crossing would make their journey times shorter
  • 80% either strongly agreed or agreed that congestion would be greatly reduced by a new crossing.

Stage 2 (September – October 2017) Scheme development consultation to understand views on the bridge development work so far. Key results were:

  • Overall support for the scheme remained high
  • There was general support for the proposed scheme of a bascule bridge at 4.5m clearance
  • A key concern related to how the bridge affects port business and the passage of vessels on the river.

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