Waveney Local Plan

Broadway Farm, West of Norwich Road, Halesworth (within Spexhall Parish)

Employment development

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4.29 The site (2.64 hectares) lies just to the north of the Norwich Road Industrial Estate. The site is currently in agricultural use.

4.30 The site provides a logical extension to the existing industrial areas to the north of Halesworth. The site is relatively well contained within the landscape which is of reduced quality in this location due to the pylons which run to the west of the site. Development on the site would provide valuable extra jobs to support the local economy and the growing population of Halesworth and Holton.

4.31 The pavement on Norwich Road stops short of the site boundary. This should be extended to provide pedestrian access to the site.

4.32 Although the site is well contained within the landscape, a significant amount of planting will be required to screen the development from the farmhouse which lies to the west of the site to protect its amenity. Access to the farmhouse must be retained through the development.

4.33 A Suffolk Wildlife Trust survey has revealed that there are great crested newts contained within the compound of the substation to the south of this site. A survey will be needed to determine whether they are using the southern meadow as a habitat. The Trust recommend that part of this site be set aside for species that prefer thick hedge and bramble scrub, this could be combined with the landscaping referred to above. Ecological surveys, including for bats, breeding birds, newts and reptiles should also be undertaken.

4.34 The site has a high potential for archaeology and any planning application must be supported by the results of a programme of archaeological evaluation, including appropriate fieldwork, and should demonstrate the impacts of development on archaeological remains and proposals for managing those impacts. 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 WLP4.5 - Broadway Farm, Halesworth

Land at Broadway Farm, Halesworth (2.64 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for employment development (falling under use classes B1, B2 and B8).

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

  • Provision should be made for pedestrian and cycle access to the site.
  • A landscaping scheme should be provided including buffer planting to protect the amenity of the farmhouse to the west of the site.
  • An ecological assessment undertaken by a suitably qualified person will be required as part of any planning application.
  • A Transport Assessment and Travel Plan should be submitted with any planning application.
  • Any planning application is to be supported by the results of a programme of archaeological evaluation, including appropriate fieldwork, and should demonstrate the impacts of development on archaeological remains and proposals for managing those impacts.