Waveney Local Plan

Wangford Strategy and Site Allocations

Population: 596     Dwellings: 345

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

Post Office
Yes

Meeting place
Yes

 

Figure 23 - Strategic site allocations in Wangford
140 Strategic Site Allocations Wangford

7.60 Wangford is located on the A12 and has good access to Lowestoft, Southwold and Halesworth. The main limitation in the village is the lack of a primary school. Public transport connects people with larger service centres where additional facilities are available and acts to supports the tourism offer in Southwold. Wangford provides a good base for visitors to the area to explore the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Heritage Coast and the surrounding countryside.

7.61 The village skyline is dominated by St Peter and St Paul's Church and is complemented by other protected buildings reflecting its heritage and location on the historical London to Great Yarmouth road. A Conservation Area covers a large part of the village.

7.62 Wangford is set within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The River Wang runs to the west of the village where a significant amount of land is also designated as County Wildlife Sites.

7.63 The strategy for Wangford is to enable a limited amount of housing development to support people in the village with a variety of housing tenures and types while not compromising the village's setting within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. New housing at two individual sites will provide an opportunity to improve existing community facilities.

7.64 The national cycle route is located north of the village, however, many people travel along Wangford Road to Reydon and Southwold as it is more convenient. This road is narrow and busy with local and tourist traffic but has no cycle provision. Efforts are being made to raise driver awareness that cyclists may be on the road to improve road safety in the area. This will benefit new development in the village.

7.65 To accommodate growth in the village localised improvements to the foul sewerage network will be required.

Land North of Elms Lane, Wangford

Residential development

7.66 The site (0.89 hectares) is located north east of the village and is an extension of the existing built up area. The land is used for agriculture and can be accessed from Elms Lane.

7.67 This site is considered to have only a limited impact on the character of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is unlikely to have a significant adverse impact on heritage asset buildings in the vicinity. There is good access to facilities in the village and a small development will support the community which has experienced little development in recent years.

7.68 There are views of the open countryside when heading north along Elms Lane from the built up area. Framed within these views are a number of listed buildings. Dwellings should therefore be of a smaller scale and no higher than 1.5 storeys. A landscaping scheme will need to be submitted with any planning application.

7.69 Elms Lane is narrow and there is limited opportunity to extend the pedestrian network along the road. Any development proposal should include a footway network that enables safe access to the footway along the south side of Elms Lane.

7.70 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 WLP7.7 - Land North of Elms Lane, Wangford

Land north of Elms Lane, Wangford (0.89 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 16 dwellings.

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

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 18 dwellings per hectare.
  • Any proposal should be designed to provide a mix of housing types and sizes. The priority is for smaller two and three bedroom dwellings.
  • Plot sizes should be reflective of existing properties along Norfolk Road.
  • Dwellings should be no higher than 1.5 storeys.
  • Hedgerows and trees located along the site boundaries should be protected and reinforced where possible.
  • A landscaping scheme will be required. Hedgerow and tree planting along the east boundary of the site should be provided to connect existing hedgerows either side of the site and provide screening from the open countryside to the north east.
  • 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.

Land North of Wangford Road, Wangford

Residential development

7.71 The site (1.17 hectares) is located on the south east of the village and is an extension of the existing built up area. The land is used for agriculture and can be accessed from Wangford Road.

7.72 There are limited development opportunities in the village because of the sensitive landscape. This site is considered to have a relatively small impact on the landscape compared to other possible sites for development around the village and provides an opportunity to improve the existing settlement edge in this location. The site is located not far from facilities in the village centre and is close to an existing bus service which provides access to nearby villages and towns.

7.73 The land has a gentle slope from north to south and is contained within the wider landscape by its location in a shallow valley and existing trees located along the ridgelines. Established hedgerows and trees are located along the north of the site and the road frontage which should be protected and reinforced to retain the character of the area, provide screening and enhance habitat for biodiversity.

7.74 Any scheme should be designed to provide a mix of property sizes and tenures that reflects local housing need and in particular the need for smaller dwellings. Therefore, a majority of new dwellings on the site will be of a scale which is reflective of the historic buildings in the village and the terraced properties located along Norfolk Road.

7.75 The site lies within the catchment area of the equipped play space located off Norfolk Road. Therefore, no public space will be required on site. This provides greater flexibility within the development to allow a developer to design a quality development that includes a generous amount of landscaping to provide a sense of openness and complements the setting of the site in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and open countryside.

7.76 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 WLP7.8 - Land North of Wangford Road, Wangford

Land north of Wangford Road, Wangford (1.17 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for a residential development of 22 dwellings.

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

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 20 dwellings per hectare.
  • Any proposal should be designed to provide a mix of housing types and sizes. The priority is for smaller two and three bedroom dwellings.
  • The majority of housing is to have a plot size which reflects the housing located along Norfolk Road and the historic buildings in the village.
  • The scale, massing and materials of dwellings should reflect the historic vernacular of the village.
  • Dwellings on the site should be no higher than 1.5 storeys high except along the Wangford Road street frontage where dwellings should be no higher than two storeys.
  • A quality landscaping scheme will be required with dwellings set back from the site boundary to enable quality screening to be designed into the landscape.
  • The trees along the site boundary should be protected. Hedgerows along the site boundary should be protected and reinforced where possible.
  • 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.