Waveney Local Plan

Land Adjacent to Chediston Street, Halesworth

Residential development

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4.15 The site (9.17 hectares) is located south of Chediston Street on sloping land on the west side of the town. The site is currently used for arable agriculture.

4.16 The site is just 600 metres from the town centre and therefore has excellent access to services and facilities. The site has good access to employment premises in the town, the railway station and the primary school. With development to the south of the site and to the east, the site constitutes a logical extension to the town.

4.17 The site sits within tributary valley farmland landscape character, which is sensitive to development. The site slopes upwards from Chediston Street to the south with high banks on parts of the northern and eastern boundary of the site. The site will therefore need to be carefully designed and landscaped to limit the potential impact on the landscape. It may be necessary to restrict building heights to 1 or 1.5 storeys on the crest of the hill. The need for landscaping means that the density of development on the site should be no more than 25 dwellings per hectare.

4.18 The area to the west of Halesworth suffers from a lack of open space and children's play areas. The location of the site means that residential development would be outside of the catchment for local play spaces. It is therefore important that residential development includes provision of a new play space equivalent to a neighbourhood equipped area for play. The space should be designed and located so as to be overlooked by surrounding properties to provide natural surveillance and be well landscaped to create an attractive space. The open space should be well integrated into the development and not be positioned in a peripheral location, which will limit its value to the community.

4.19 There is potential for archaeology to be found on the site and any planning application will be subject to a condition requiring a programme of archaeological work.

Policy WLP4.2 - Land Adjacent to Chediston Street, Halesworth

Land adjacent to Chediston Street, Halesworth (9.17 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for a residential development of 200 dwellings.

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

  • This site should be developed at a density of approximately 25 dwellings per hectare.
  • Development should include provision of an open space of not less than 0.8 hectares in size, including a neighbourhood equipped area play space. The open space should be designed to have a street frontage on three sides or have a street corner position.
  • A landscaping scheme will be required to demonstrate how the development will limit the impact on the landscape.
  • 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.