Welcome to our website, new for 2018

Here we tell you “Who we are” and “What we do”.

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Latest Rugby Club planning application 2018/1830

See our Planning page for details. Comments must be in by 23 September 2018. Please make your views known.

The YVS view is that South Norfolk District Council should stand by the conditions of the original approval, and refuse the application, to avoid possible unintended consequences of approval being granted.

The Yare Valley Society objection letter to this application can now be viewed here

Who we are

The Yare valley at Norwich is recognised both locally and nationally by statutory authorities, voluntary bodies and individuals, as an area of high landscape quality and ecological importance that should be protected from the strong pressures for development in the Norwich area. It presents attractive and accessible open countryside within easy reach of Norwich and its environs and as such, it is a valuable recreational, wildlife, and visual asset.

Vigilance and action on the part of all concerned are needed to protect it.

Established in 1967, we are a voluntary group with about 400 members.

What we do


We represent members’ views and concerns, by commenting regularly on planning applications and policies, which affect the valley. We have given evidence at Public Planning Inquiries, lobbied MPs and Councillors, and helped to establish footpaths.

We inform by issuing a members newsletter several times a year. We also inform a wider public by means of letters and articles in the local press, leaflet distribution, and this website.

We meet for guided walks and discussions on planning issues.