Site Specific Allocations

Adopted January 2011

BUN2 - Telephone Exchange, Lower Olland Street, Bungay

Allocation: Housing

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Context
4.38 This site is located within the built up area of Bungay close to the town centre. It comprises a large twostorey office building which is currently in use as a telephone exchange. Set back from St. John's Road, the site is surrounded by residential dwellings - a mixture of family homes (to the north and east) and residential care homes/sheltered housing to the south and west. Vehicular access is from the east of the site via a drive leading from/onto St. John's Road.

4.39 This site is currently in employment use, and is operating as a telephone exchange, but has the potential for residential use in the longer term. It was allocated for residential use in the Waveney Interim Local Plan (site H1.5) for an estimated 8 dwellings and is being carried forward.

4.40 The site is close to the town centre and within walking distance of local schools and medical facilities.

Proposed development
BUN2 Image 1.jpg4.41 The site is allocated for residential development. The surrounding development suggests that 8 dwellings on this site would be appropriate with 3 of these being affordable homes. This requirement was established through a site specific viability assessment[1] which took into account known abnormal costs and site specific requirements. The requirement for affordable housing will only be reduced in exceptional circumstances where it can be demonstrated that a lower number of affordable homes are needed to ensure the site remains financially viable when taking into account unforeseen development costs. The size of dwellings should reflect the findings of the Waveney Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2007).

4.42 Any development should be sensitively designed to avoid overlooking of adjacent properties and links should be made with the existing pedestrian and cycle network.

4.43 Part of the site is within 'The Ollands', part of Bungay Conservation Area. Key features of this location are the view of St. Mary's Church tower and the lower density of dwellings compared to areas closer to the town centre. Medieval finds have been located adjacent to this site and the County Archaeologist therefore requires that an archaeological condition relating to archaeological investigations is attached to any planning permission.

Policy BUN2

Land at the Telephone Exchange, Lower Olland Street, Bungay, (0.26ha), is allocated for housing (8 dwellings). The site will be developed in accordance with the following site specific criteria:
• An appropriate design and layout in keeping with the Bungay
Conservation Area, including retaining the vista to St. Mary's Church.
• The height/layout of development should be sensitively designed to avoid overlooking the rear of existing residential properties and over dominating the smaller properties in Lower Olland Street. This should include screening along the boundaries to minimise overlooking.
• Three affordable dwellings will be included in the development with the mix to be based on the findings of the 
Strategic Housing Market Assessment and agreed with the District Council Housing Officer. The affordable housing requirement will only be reduced in exceptional circumstances to ensure the site remains financially viable when taking into account unforeseen development costs.
• A linear form of development is preferable to reflect the character of the area.
• The site should link into existing pedestrian and cycle routes.
• A condition relating to archaeological investigation should be attached to any planning permission.

 

Implementation
4.44 Development of residential dwellings is to be brought forward by the developer. The delivery of the dwellings is expected in the later phases of the Plan period.