Waveney Local Plan

Somerleyton Strategy and Site Allocations

Population: 427     Dwellings: 208

Primary School
Yes
GP surgery
No
Public house
Yes
Food Shop
No

Post Office
No

Meeting place
Yes

 

Figure 22 - Strategic site allocations in Somerleyton

135 Strategic Site Allocations Somerleyton

7.41 Somerleyton is small compared to other villages categorised as Larger Villages by Policy WLP7.1. Over the period 2001 to 2011 the population declined by 26. However, compared to other villages, the village has a good range of services and facilities, and a railway station which provides links to Lowestoft and Norwich.

7.42 The village reflects the design aspiration of Sir Morton Peto who contributed significantly to the prosperity of the District in the 19th Century. Somerleyton Hall provides the backdrop for the village. The heart of the village is characterised by ornate thatched roof buildings set around a village green. These form part of the Somerleyton Conservation Area which is a key feature of the village to be preserved and enhanced.

7.43 The strategy for Somerleyton is for new development to provide a variety of housing types and tenures to meet local housing need and support local services and facilities. Given the exceptional quality of design of the historic buildings in the village any new development should also be of an exceptionally high standard.

7.44 New development will contribute towards the improvement of existing community facilities such as a replacement village hall. New development will support the primary school and new drop-off provision will be required. Localised improvements to the foul sewerage network will also be required. 

Land North of The Street, Somerleyton

Residential development

7.45 The site (0.65 hectares) is located within the built up area of the village. The land consists of areas classified as greenfield and brownfield. The part of the site fronting onto The Street is a former petrol station. Ancillary chemical storage tanks are located on the north part of the site. Part of the site is undeveloped and fallow.

7.46 The site is considered appropriate for development because it is well located in the village, is partly brownfield land, is well contained in the wider landscape and will provide new residents with good access to the primary school and other facilities in the village. The site is located close to a number of listed buildings but with mitigation the potential impact on these is likely to be less than other potential options for development in the village.

7.47 The adjacent residential area has a housing density of approximately 15 dwellings per hectare. This part of the village is characterised by distinctive two storey dwellings related to the Somerleyton Estate. Modern development along The Street adjacent the site consists of bungalows and these are out of keeping with the character of the wider settlement.

7.48 The site is located within the Conservation Area and there are listed buildings adjacent the site to the south and west. The Rosary is set within an expansive garden and flanked by locally listed buildings to the east and west. The setting and character of these could be adversely affected by insensitive development. To mitigate this impact, dwellings should be relatively low level, no higher than 1.5 storeys, have rear gardens backing onto the former post office, Japonica and The Nook to provide separation between the buildings.

7.49 The Forge, a locally listed building situated within the site, is to be retained. Consideration should be given to how this building can be re-used to benefit the site and the village. Buildings either side of The Forge are also locally listed and a heritage asset assessment will be required.

7.50 North of the site are the community allotments. These form part of the Conservation Area and contribute towards the setting of the dwellings which front onto the village green. Along the edge of the allotments are hedgerows. These should be protected and reinforced to protect the character of the area and reduce the potential for creating an exposed settlement edge facing the open countryside to the north. 

 

Policy WLP7.5 - Land North of The Street, Somerleyton

Land at the former garage, Somerleyton (0.65 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 10 dwellings.

The site should be developed in accordance with the following site specific criteria:

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 15 dwellings per hectare.
  • Any proposal should be designed to provide a mix of housing types and sizes. The priority is for smaller one, two and three bedroom dwellings with building heights no higher than 1.5 storeys.
  • Dwellings should be designed to have gardens backing onto properties located southwest of the site.
  • Hedgerows and trees located along the site boundaries should be protected and reinforced where possible.
  • A heritage asset assessment undertaken by a suitably qualified person will be required as part of any planning permission. The locally listed 'Forge' located on site is to be protected.
  • A planning condition relating to an archaeological investigation will need to be attached to any planning permission.
  • A condition relating to a contamination investigation will need to be attached to any planning permission.

Mill Farm Field, Somerleyton

Residential development

7.51 The site (3.03 hectares) is located in the central part of Somerleyton. The land is used for agriculture and can be accessed from Station Road.

7.52 Development of this site is likely to have the most minimal impact on the character of the village and setting of listed buildings compared to other possible sites for development in the village. The land is well related to existing development and has good access to existing community facilities. Landscaping will be required to preserve the open character of the area and contribute towards integrating new dwellings into the existing settlement.

7.53 Given the location of the site within the village on the edge of the conservation area and adjacent to the Somerleyton Estate Historic Park and Garden, the design of development on this site needs to be exceptional. Scheme and dwelling design should be innovative and reflect the historical quality and aspirations of the village but preferably expressed in a modern context. Design should therefore be innovative but reflective of the historical character and should not necessarily be a pastiche of past styles. It should provide evidence of a progression of design ideas and styles which document the village's history and development.

7.54 The north part of the site contributes towards the Conservation Area and the setting of several listed buildings. The combination of woods, open space, countryside and agricultural buildings contribute towards the openness and rural setting of Somerleyton. The north part of the site is to be set out as open space that provides a sense of openness but includes a well conceived landscaping scheme to complement the wooded area to the east and existing trees on the open space adjacent to the west. To positively contribute towards the setting of the open space and integrate the development into the village, dwellings along the north boundary should be designed to have their primary frontage facing onto the open space.

7.55 Any scheme should be designed to provide a mix of property sizes and tenures that can meet local housing need. Therefore, the majority of new dwellings on the site will be of a scale which is reflective of the terraced properties located along Station Road and the Morton Peto cottages along The Street with similar sized back gardens. This can be provided through a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced properties.

7.56 To minimise the impact on the Somerleyton Estate Historic Park and Gardens, properties on the east side of the site should be no higher than 1.5 storeys.

7.57 This will protect the Conservation Area, character of the village and enhance the green infrastructure network in the village and biodiversity. An indicative plan is provided to show where the planting is to be implemented.

7.58 The village hall, primary school and public house are within walking distance and connected by existing footways. There is no footway along Station Road where the main recreation space and railway station are located. The footway should be extended from The Street to the entrance of the site and ideally to the recreation ground. To improve connectively to the primary school, the site should be designed to have pedestrian and cycle access through the proposed open space to the north of the site to connect the development to The Street.

7.59 The site has a high potential for archaeology and any planning application must be supported by the results of a programme of archaeological evaluation, including appropriate fieldwork, and should demonstrate the impacts of development on archaeological remains and proposals for managing those impacts. 

Policy WLP7.6 - Mill Farm Field, Somerleyton

Land at Mill Farm Field, Somerleyton (3.03 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 45 dwellings and open space.

The site should be developed in accordance with the following site specific criteria:

  • The residential part of the site will be developed at a density of approximately 18 dwellings per hectare.
  • The open space on site is to be no less than 0.5 hectares.
  • Any proposal should be designed to provide a mix of housing types and sizes. The priority is for two and three bedroom dwellings that reflect the residential character of properties located in the area to the north.
  • Properties must be of an exceptional quality of design. Proposals that use standardised designs which are not distinctive and fail to provide any reference to the existing character of the village will not be supported.
  • The majority of housing is to be of a scale which reflects the terraced housing located west of the site along Station Road and of the Morton Peto cottages found elsewhere in the village.
  • Development located east of the existing hedgerow that traverses the middle of the site north to south is to be no higher than 1.5 storeys.
  • A public right of way is to be provided in the south west part of the site to enable pedestrian and cycle access to Station Road.
  • The north part of the site, land opposite Morton Peto Close across to The Street is to be designed as a quality open space that is well related to its surroundings and makes a positive contribution to the village. Properties must be designed to have their primary frontages facing onto the open space. Quality landscaping, including appropriate tree planting that complements existing trees located to the east and west and providing a sense of openness to complement the open character of the farm opposite, will be required.
  • A public right of way is to be provided in the east part of the open space to connect the development to The Street.
  • Hedgerows and trees on site should be protected where possible.
  • A quality landscaping and tree planting scheme is required to screen the development along the east boundary.
  • Any planning application is to be supported by the results of a programme of archaeological evaluation, including appropriate fieldwork, and should demonstrate the impacts of development on archaeological remains and proposals for managing those impacts.

A design code/brief should be prepared for the site either as part of a Neighbourhood Plan or as a Supplementary Planning Document. No development will be permitted on the site until the design code/brief has been prepared.