New planning policies in the Norfolk Broads could come into force following this winter's widespread flooding that locals have described as the "worst in generations".

The rules have been revealed in the Broads Authority's new local plan that will help dictate future decisions over housing and development.

From regulations on floating houses to efforts to address growing problems with surface water flooding along the Acle Straight, there are a number of updates proposed to address flooding issues in the area.

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The Local Plan states that climate change is the "biggest challenge" it faces and that all development proposals must address these challenges through "careful design, mitigation and adaption".

Under the rules, all new development will be located to minimise flood risk and any development that could have an adverse effect on flooding will be refused.

A review was undertaken to see if floating homes should be promoted in the Norfolk Broads - properties which can float in the event of a severe flood event - which looked at different examples elsewhere in the country.

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However, it was decided that floating homes would not be accepted within the new local plan due to conflicts with its flood risk policy.

Measures to address the increased risk of flooding have become a hot topic among communities in the Norfolk Broads.

Public meetings have been held earlier this year due to the widespread problems.

Locals believe it has been the worst flooding for generations, pushing boat firms to the brink and affecting homeowners and businesses throughout the area.

A public consultation is to take place from March 25 for eight weeks with the final date to comment being May 17.