Site Specific Allocations

Adopted January 2011

BUN5 - Land off Wingfield Street, Bungay

Allocation: Allotments/Open Space

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Context
4.59 This site is a greenfield site close to the town centre and within walking and cycling distance for many residents of the town. The land is currently overgrown but was formerly in use as allotments. The pavement appears to be in a relatively good condition and there is access to public transport. The site has three potential access points from Wingfield Street, St. John's Road and Pilgrims Way. Improvements need to be made to allow the allotments/open space to be fully functional and accessible.

Proposed Development
4.60 The site has been protected for allotment use and as an important open space in the built up area, for many years. However, in recent years, changes in land ownership and pressure for development has resulted in the site becoming disused. The Allotments, Cemeteries and Churchyards Needs Assessment (2007) identifies a deficiency of allotments in Bungay and the need to bring this site back into use. This site is therefore allocated as a positive step to bring it back into use. It could be reused in a variety of ways, including allotments, a community orchard and open space.

BUN5 Image 1.jpg4.61 As part of the sustainable transport strategy set out in Policy CS15: Sustainable Transport of the Core Strategy and Policy DM02: High Quality and Sustainable Design of the Development Management policies, there is a need to improve connectivity within and between built up areas. This site has road access from Wingfield Street to the north and pedestrian access to St. John's Road to the west and Pilgrims Way to the south. However, links could be improved by the provision of a cycleway to St. John's Road and a footpath to the play area and Garden Close to the east of the site.

4.62 There are several environmental constraints associated with the site. According to the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (2008), most of the site falls within an area of medium flood risk (flood zone 2), taking into account climate change. While this does not prevent use of the site for open space or allotments, it does mean that any structures put on the site should be secured to withstand rising water levels.

4.63 In the southeast of the site, trees and hedgerows are present that form a good wildlife corridor for smaller bird species. The wildlife corridor will be protected and care should be taken when clearing the site for nesting birds.

4.64 The site has not been part of a systematic archaeological investigation. Therefore, if there is any built development required in association with the use of the site, a condition relating to archaeological investigation should be attached to any relevant planning permission.

Policy BUN5

Land at Wingfield Street, Bungay, (1.02ha), is allocated for allotments. The site will be developed in accordance with the following site specific criteria:
• Any structures put on the site should be secured to withstand rising water levels associated with flood risk.
• Accessibility to the site should be improved through the provision of a cycle track to St. John's Road and cycle/footpath access from Wingfield Street, the play area and Garden Close.
• The wildlife corridor should be protected on the southern boundary of the site.
• Clearance of the site should avoid the bird nesting season.
• A condition relating to archaeological investigation should be attached to any relevant planning permission.

Implementation
4.65 This site will need to be implemented through discussion with the landowner, local community groups / allotment association / Town Council and Waveney District Council.