Waveney Local Plan

Willingham (Shadingfield and Willingham St Mary) Site Allocations

Population: 309     Dwellings: 135

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

Post Office
No

Meeting place
Yes

 

Figure 33 - Strategic site allocations in Willingham
174 Strategic Site Allocations Willingham

7.163 Willingham lies within the parishes of both Shadingfield and Willingham St Mary. It is situated in the open countryside and located on the A145 providing connections to Beccles, the primary service centre for the village. The A145 divides the village in two with the village hall on one side and recreational facilities on the other. Existing facilities in the village include a village hall, public house, basic equipped play area and a playing field. A limited bus service is available and the nearest railway station (Brampton) is located approximately two miles to the west.

7.164 The strategy for the village is to provide a mix of housing types and tenures to retain the social structure in the village and facilitate improvements to the community facilities. Development will be contained within the surrounding landscape and reflect the character of the existing built up area.

7.165 To accommodate growth in the village localised improvements to the foul sewerage network will be required. An extension to the primary school in Brampton will accommodate children from the new development.

Land East of Woodfield Close, Willingham

Residential development

7.166 The site (0.57 hectares) is located east of the existing built up area. The site is used for agriculture and can be accessed from Woodfield Close.

7.167 The site is well contained within the landscape and is well related to the existing built up area. A bus stop is located nearby and community facilities are within walking distance. The site is suitable for small scale development in an attractive setting. Compared to other potential sites in the village, development at this location will not adversely affect the character of the settlement and has potential to deliver a small number of dwellings to support the community.

7.168 The site is elongated and well contained by its surroundings. A scheme should be designed to ensure it is not isolated from the village. The most appropriate access to the site is from Woodfield Close, however, any scheme design will need to consider how the dwelling(s) located at the northern end relate to Sotterley Road.

7.169 Woodfield Close is a shared surface with no footways. The existing pedestrian network extends along Sotterley Road and connects to Woodfield Close. To improve access to the site consideration should be given to extending the footway along Sotterley Road to any development. This should be considered in conjunction with the site to the north allocated by Policy WLP7.20.

7.170 The site has potential for archaeology and a programme of archaeological work will be required as part of any planning permission.  

Policy WLP7.19 - Land East of Woodfield Close, Willingham

Land east of Woodfield Close, Willingham (0.57 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 17 dwellings per hectare.
  • Any proposal is to provide a mix of housing sizes. The size of the building footprint relative to the size of the plot should reflect development located to the north.
  • Landscaping is to be used to enhance the quality of the scheme design.
  • A footway will be required to connect the development to the existing pedestrian network along Sotterley Road.
  • A condition relating to an archaeological investigation will need to be attached to any planning permission

 

Land North of Sotterley Road, Willingham

Residential development

7.171 The site (1.83 hectares) is located east of the existing built up area. The site is used for agriculture and can be accessed from Sotterley Road.

7.172 The site forms a logical extension to the village which could be successfully integrated into the landscape. The site is of a scale where a variety of housing types and tenures could be delivered to meet local housing need.

7.173 The site is within walking distance of the playing field and the equipped play space. While the play equipment is in need of improvement and is not capable of serving the needs of the development the provision of additional open space on site is not required. This provides flexibility for how the site is designed. Therefore, with no formal open space required, a quality landscaping scheme should be provided within the site to create a sense of openness that will reflect the rural character of the village and integrate the scheme into the surroundings.

7.174 The site is partly contained within the landscape by existing development to the west and hedgerows along the east boundary. There is potential for development to be exposed when viewed from the east and north and a quality landscaping scheme will need to be provided to mitigate this. Landscaping will also contribute towards mitigating the potential impact on the setting of heritage assets located to the north east.

7.175 The pedestrian network extends part way to the site along Sotterley Road. The pedestrian network will need to be extended to support the development and connect residents to community facilities located to the west. Ideally the footway along Sotterley Road should be extended. If this is not possible, a footway suitable for all users should be provided from the north of the development to the recreation area and connect to the footway along the A145.

7.176 A permissive path for horses is located along the west boundary of the site. Consideration will need to be given to how this route can be retained or relocated.

7.177 The site has potential for archaeology and a programme of archaeological work will be required as part of any planning permission. 

Policy WLP7.20 - Land North of Sotterley Road, Willingham

Land north of Sotterley Road, Willingham (1.83 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 30 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 is to provide a mix of housing sizes. The size of the building footprint relative to the size of the plot should reflect development located adjacent to the west. Any scheme should be designed to prioritise smaller sized dwellings.
  • A footway should be required to connect any development to the existing pedestrian network.
  • Development should be set back from the north and east site boundaries to incorporate quality landscaping and planting that reflect the existing network of trees and hedgerows along the settlement edge. Landscaping should be provided within the site to provide a sense of openness and enhance the rural character of the area. A landscaping scheme will be required to support any planning application.
  • Hedgerows and trees located along the boundaries of the site should be protected and reinforced with additional planting where possible.
  • A condition relating to an archaeological investigation will need to be attached to any planning permission