Waveney Local Plan

Mutford Strategy and Site Allocations

Population: 536     Dwellings: 216

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

Post Office
No

Meeting place
Yes

 

Figure 30 - Strategic site allocations in Mutford

164 Strategic Site Allocations Mutford

7.134 Within the parish of Mutford there are three distinct clusters of residential development, Chapel Road, Church Road and Hulver Road. Each is characterised by its rural setting with the south part of the village located within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Community facilities are available in the Chapel Road area and consist of a village hall, equipped play area, playing field and a tennis court.

7.135 The Chapel Road and Church Street settlement clusters are most closely related to Carlton Colville where services and facilities are available, while the Hulver Road area also has good access to the B1127 providing connections to Beccles. With no public transport available, all residents are reliant on private vehicles to access services and facilities.

7.136 A limited amount of residential development is to take place in the Chapel Road area that will not significantly extend into the surrounding countryside, retaining the character of the village. This will help maintain the population of the village and help support local services and facilities. To accommodate growth in the village localised improvements to the foul sewerage network will be required. 

Land South of Chapel Road, Mutford

Residential development

7.137 The site (0.57 hectares) is located at the south east edge of the residential cluster based around Chapel Road and Mill Road. The land is used for grazing and can be accessed from Chapel Road.

7.138 This site provides an opportunity to provide a small number of dwellings in keeping with the scale and character of the village.

7.139 The adjacent residential area has a housing density of approximately 15 dwellings per hectare. Dwellings located to the west are characterised by a majority of two storey dwellings and bungalows along Holly Lane. These have good sized plots relative to the smaller sized footprints of the dwellings. Dwelling frontages are set back from the road and off-street parking is provided. More recent development along Holly Lane has deviated from historic development patterns through the provision of garages which dominate the street scene where they have been built. The site is in a sensitive location and new development that is inappropriately designed or proportioned will not be supported.

7.140 South of the site is St Michael's Church which is Grade I listed. The church is located across an agricultural field and is screened from the site and the wider village by existing trees and hedgerows. Any proposal will need to ensure that potential impact is minimised. Additionally, the site is located just within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site is partly contained within the landscape by residential development to the west and hedgerows along the south boundary. To protect the setting of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty development is to be low level and integrated into the rural surroundings.

7.141 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.

7.142 The site has areas of medium and high surface water flood risk. New development will need to include mitigation measures. 

Policy WLP7.15 - Land South of Chapel Road, Mutford

Land south of Chapel Road, Mutford (0.57 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 8 dwellings.

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

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 13 dwellings per hectare.
  • Dwellings will be designed to be no higher than 1.5 storeys at the north part of the site and single storey along the south frontage with dwellings having a small footprint relative to the size of the plot.
  • Dwellings are to have frontages set back from the road and have off-street parking provided. Where garaging is provided this is to be well related to the dwelling and of a scale that does not dominate the character of the property or the street frontage.
  • Hedgerows and trees located along the south boundary should be protected and reinforced with additional planting as appropriate. If the hedgerow is to be removed to improve visibility splays a new set-back road frontage hedge should be included in any landscape enhancement provision.
  • Development will be required to include measures to mitigate the risk of surface water flooding.
  • A heritage asset assessment undertaken by a suitably qualified person will be required as part of any planning application. Any scheme will need to be designed to mitigate impact on St Michael's Church.
  • 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 Chapel Road, Mutford

Residential development

7.143 The site (0.47 hectares) is located on the east fringe of the residential cluster based around Chapel Road and Mill Road just outside of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The land is used for agriculture and can be accessed from Chapel Road.

7.144 The site will enable a small number of dwellings to be provided in a location that is contained in the landscape and well related to existing development on Chapel Road. The site has good access to community facilities on Mill Road.

7.145 The residential area opposite has a housing density of approximately 15 dwellings per hectare. Dwellings located in the area to the west are characterised by a mix of two storey dwellings and single storey bungalows with good sized plots relative to the footprint size of the buildings. North of the site there are two storey semi-detached dwellings and adjacent the south boundary of the site is a 1.5 storey dwelling and some agricultural buildings. Dwelling frontages are set back from the road and off-street parking is provided.

7.146 To the east, south and west the site is contained within the landscape by existing development. The site is exposed to the open countryside to the north. To integrate development into the surroundings landscaping such as tree planting will be required to reduce the likelihood of creating a prominent settlement edge. Along the street frontage hedgerows should be protected except where needed for the provision of access.

7.147 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 WLP7.16 - Land North of Chapel Road, Mutford

Land north of Chapel Road, Mutford (0.47 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 6 dwellings.

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

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 13 dwellings per hectare.
  • Development should consist of 3 pairs of semi-detached dwellings.
  • Hedgerows along the front of the site should be protected except where their removal is required for access drives.
  • A landscaping scheme will be required for the rear of the site.
  • 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.