Site Specific Allocations

Adopted January 2011

HAL4 - Dairy Farm at Saxons Way, Halesworth

Allocation: Housing and Community Centre / Customer Access Centre for public sector / voluntary service provision

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Context
5.53 Site HAL4 lies to the rear of properties on London Road, with the Rainbow Supermarket bordering the site to the southwest. Saxons Way bounds this site to the east. The site is partially overgrown with grass, bushes and some trees, particularly in the southwest corner. A public right of way separates this site from the Rainbow Superstore. The location of this site, adjacent to the town centre, makes it within walking distance of the Thoroughfare, the Rainbow Supermarket and accessible to surrounding residential areas. Part of the site lies within Halesworth Conservation Area. A bus route runs along Saxons Way, with a bus stop near the Town Park. There is a pavement along the eastern edge of Saxons Way for the entire length of the road.

Proposed Development
5.54 Site HAL4 is of considerable importance because it is one of the last remaining development opportunities in close proximity to the town centre. Its central location makes the site a good opportunity for housing and community development, with residents able to access a range of shops, services and facilities on foot. They will also have good access to public transport facilities.

5.55 A comprehensive approach to the development of the site, for both housing and community use, will be required. Housing should be located on the southern part of the site (approx. 0.8ha). Based on surrounding densities and the site location, the site should be developed for approximately 40 dwellings at a density of 48 dwellings per hectare. The mix of houses should be in accordance with the requirements of the Development Management Policies.

5.56 Housing development on this site will be required to make a financial contribution towards the community centre. The community centre will provide for a range of facilities, including a modern customer access centre for public and voluntary sector service delivery, to replace the District Council's existing facility. This will be located on the north part of the site (approx. 0.4ha), close to the town centre, in order to maximise accessibility.

5.57 Development of both housing and the community centre should be of a scale and size that respects the Conservation Area, adjacent listed buildings and sensitive landscape of the Blyth river valley. In particular, views from the south towards St. Mary's Church should be protected.

5.58 The County Archaeologist has advised that an archaeological condition should be attached to any planning permission for this site, to allow for archaeological investigation.

5.59 Good footpath and cycle provision should be provided through the site, linking development with the town centre and the wider rights of way network. Road access to this site should be agreed with Suffolk County Council Highway Authority to ensure that the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and local residents is not compromised.

5.60 Suffolk Wildlife Trust has advised that three protected species of reptile have been recorded on this site, as well as UK BAP Priority Species of birds. Any future development must take account of wildlife and include suitable mitigation measures.

Policy HAL4

Land at Dairy Farm, Halesworth, (1.2ha), is allocated for both housing (40 dwellings) and community centre/customer access centre. This site will be developed in accordance with the following site specific criteria:
A comprehensive approach to the development of the site should be taken including both residential and community uses. The northern portion of the site (0.4 hectares) should be developed for community use.
Housing development should take place on the remainder of this site (0.8 hectares). Approximately 40 dwellings will be accommodated at a density of 48 dwellings per hectare.
Developers should provide a mix of housing types and tenures that is in accordance with the requirements of the Development Management Policies.
Housing development on this site should help to finance a Community Centre / Customer Access Centre for public sector/voluntary service provision.
Development shall respect the historic character of surrounding buildings and preserve the view from the south towards St. Mary's Church. Both residential and community development must respect the Conservation Area, as well as the sensitive landscape of the Blyth river valley.
Vehicular access points to the site will need to be agreed with the Highway Authority.
A condition relating to archaeological investigation should be attached to any planning permission.
Good footpath and cycle provision should be provided through the site, linking development with the town centre, residential areas and wider rights of way network.
No vegetation clearance should take place until mitigation measures are in place for the protection of slow worm, grass snake and common lizard. Clearance of scrub should be undertaken outside of the bird breeding season and any loss of BAP species habitat should be compensated for.
• A Flood Risk Assessment should be prepared as part of the application process to assess and mitigate the risk of flooding from surface water drainage.

Implementation
5.61 HAL4 will be delivered by developers, Waveney District Council and other public sector and voluntary organisations. Housing development is expected to be brought forward in the short term. Community facilities will be developed once funding has been secured from various sources, including contributions from housing on this site and sale of the Council's existing Customer Service Centre.