Waveney Local Plan

Strategy for Lowestoft

New homes in Lowestoft

Total

Homes Built 2014-2017

355

Existing Housing Commitments[1]

1,594

Homes allocated in Local Plan expected to be delivered in plan period

3,042

Total Growth 2014-2036

4,991

 

2.1 Lowestoft is expected to accommodate the majority of the District's development over the next 20 years. The key focus of the Local Plan is to continue the promotion of regeneration in Central Lowestoft and expand it to include coastal areas of the town. Regeneration in Central and Coastal Lowestoft will deliver a significant amount of new housing as well as new economic development including new industry, retail and leisure. However, there will be a need for the town to expand outwards to accommodate new housing and employment land development.

2.2 In total, land has been allocated in this Local Plan for almost 4,000 new homes in Lowestoft. This is in addition to the 1,594 which currently have planning permission. However, not all of the 4,000 homes allocated will be delivered within the plan period. Over the plan period in total it is expected that Lowestoft will grow by 4,991 new homes. Lowestoft is expected to take the largest share of new jobs created over the next 20 years. The Local Plan allocates 38.5 hectares of new employment land. However, it is unlikely that all of this employment land will be delivered within the plan period.

2.3 When looking at the physical expansion of the town there are a number of constraints to growth. The town can only grow on a north-south axis due to the North Sea to the east and the Broads to the west. The northern and particularly the southern extremes of the town are now some distance from the town centre and therefore there are limits on how much further the town can grow sustainably outwards. As such new development needs to be of a scale which can deliver new services and facilities. A further issue is to manage and limit to coalescence of the town with surrounding villages such as Blundeston, Corton, Hopton (in Norfolk) and Kessingland to ensure each settlement retains its individual identity.

2.4 A further constraint is that much of the land surrounding Lowestoft is high grade agricultural land. Much of the land to the south of the town being the highest grade, Grade 1 agricultural land. The landscape to much of the north of the town is also particularly sensitive to development, with the exception of the sites allocated for development below.

2.5 Considering the above, the focus for development on the edge of the town is to deliver a mix of strategic scale developments and a number of smaller scale housing and employment developments to support the town.

2.6 A strategic new development to the north of the town will deliver a significant amount of new housing over the longer term, supported by essential community facilities. The site will also deliver employment land where the demand is greatest due to the sub-regional linkages with Great Yarmouth. To the south of the town another strategic development is proposed which will deliver a new, more centrally located primary school for Carlton Colville, parking for the existing primary school in the short term, a country park and a community centre to address local needs.

1. Sites with planning permission or on Local Development Framework allocations which are expected to complete before 2036. This doesn’t include allocations which have been rolled forward into this Local Plan such as the Kirkley Waterfront and Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood site. [back]