Waveney Local Plan

Land North of Union Lane, Oulton

Residential development

071 Land North of Union LaneView the site boundary by using our interactive online map.

2.76 The site (5.70 hectares) consists of undeveloped land fronting on to Parkhill and part of the site of the former Lothingland Hospital to the rear. The part of the site of the former Lothingland Hospital is being used informally for storage of building materials and equipment at present.

2.77 The site has good access to existing services and facilities in Oulton and in the future will have good access to the primary school, community centre, medical centre and retail facilities which are to be provided on the Woods Meadow development. The site is also in close proximity to the Mobbs Way Employment Area. There are bus stops nearby which provide access to the town centre. Development of the site is expected to have a limited impact on the landscape and is not used for agriculture.

2.78 Vehicular access is possible from Parkhill. Union Lane is a narrow road of a rural character and is not appropriate to provide vehicular access to this site. Pedestrian and cycle access should be provided to Union Lane. The pavement on Parkhill stops short of the potential access point to the site by some 200 metres. The pavement should be extended to the access point of the site.

2.79 The area around Union Lane has a more rural character therefore a lower density of 25 dwellings per hectare will be more appropriate.

2.80 The site is not within the catchment of any equipped children's play space. Therefore, the development should include the provision of a local equipped area for play, approximately 0.4 hectares in size.

2.81 Due to the overgrown nature of parts of the site, an ecological assessment will be required to support any planning application on the site.

2.82 Given the recent uses on the former Lothingland Hospital site, there is a risk of ground contamination. Therefore, a full site investigation report should be submitted with any planning application which includes reports on intrusive surveys, a risk assessment and remediation method statement.

2.83 The site has some archaeological potential and any planning application will be subject to a condition requiring a programme of archaeological work. The north western part of the site is a historic burial ground which will need to be avoided.

 

Policy WLP2.13 - Land North of Union Lane, Oulton

Land north of Union Lane, Oulton (5.70 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for a residential development of 140 dwellings.

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

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 25 dwellings per hectare.
  • Vehicular access should be off Parkhill. An additional pedestrian and cycle access should be provided on to Union Lane. The pavement on Parkhill should be extended to the site entrance.
  • A play space equivalent to a local equipped area for play of approximately 0.4 hectares in size should be provided.
  • A full site investigation report assessing the risk of ground contamination should be submitted with any planning application.
  • A Transport Assessment and Travel Plan should be submitted with any planning application.
  • A planning condition relating to archaeological investigation will be attached to any planning permission. Development should avoid the historic burial ground to the north west of the site.
  • A completed ecological assessment undertaken by a suitably qualified person will be required as part of any planning application.