Waveney Local Plan

Key issues in Bungay

017 Bungay Bridge Street

Bungay is located in the northwest corner of the District on the Norfolk and Suffolk border. It is surrounded by the River Waveney to the north, east and west and the landscape rises quite steeply to the south out of the valley. The River Waveney and marshland to the east of the town is part of the Broads Authority area. As a result of its geography, Bungay has been forced to grow in a southward direction.

The town has a population of 5,127. It benefits from a small town centre and has provision of a number of key services and facilities. It is very close to the Norfolk villages of Earsham and Ditchingham and acts as their local service and employment centre. The town also acts as a service centre to a number of smaller villages in the northwest of the Waveney District.

The town benefits from a rich historic environment with a Norman era castle near the town centre and many fine examples of Georgian buildings in the town centre. The character of the town is further enhanced by the large areas of grazing land and open areas within and around the town. The flood zone associated with the River Waveney affects some parts of the town and constrains development to the north, east and west. The landscape to the south of the town is attractive and sensitive to new development.

The main employer of the town is Clays Printers and this is reflected by the high numbers of people in the town employed in manufacturing. In addition there are some smaller employment premises within the town. To address the limited number of employment premises in the town, planning permission has recently been given for 3 hectares of employment land to the south of the town. The delivery of this land will be supported by the development of 150 homes.

Currently most working people who live in Bungay do not work in the town. 41% commute to other local authority areas (nearly half to South Norfolk, Broadland and Norwich). Of the 23% which work elsewhere in Waveney the majority work in Beccles and the rural areas.