Waveney Local Plan

Land East of St Johns Road, Bungay

Residential development

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5.4 The site (3.31 hectares) lies to the south of the built up area of Bungay and adjoins built development on the northwest and northeast edges. St Johns Road (A144) bounds the site on the southwest edge and fields adjoin the site to the south. The site is currently in agricultural use.

5.5 The site represents a natural extension to the south of the town with good access to the road network and public transport. The high school is within walking distance and a primary school is within 1 km. Local services and facilities are within walking distance. Vehicular access should be off St. Johns Road.

5.6 A watercourse bounds the site on the north eastern boundary and to the east of the site is an area at risk from flooding. As part of planning permission for a major mixed use development on the opposite side of St Johns Road, a drainage attenuation pond with connecting pipework has been approved to the southeast of the site. These factors have influenced the size and shape of the site allocation.

5.7 To the south of the site lie open fields, along with the Grade II listed Dukes Farm and Barn, around 130 metres to the south. A substantial landscaping scheme will be required on the southern boundary to soften the development in views across the countryside and to help preserve the setting of the listed buildings. Furthermore, built development should be laid out on the site to maintain views of the listed buildings when leaving the town and travelling south on the A144.

5.8 The northwest edge of the site is used as an informal pedestrian/cycle way. Provision of a formal pedestrian and cycle path along this edge of the site would connect St Johns Hill with development to the east and north of the site. This would improve links with the swimming pool and high school.

5.9 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. 

Policy WLP5.1 - Land East of St Johns Road, Bungay

Land at St Johns Road, Bungay (3.31 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for 85 dwellings.

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

  • The site should be developed at a density of approximately 30 dwellings per hectare
  • Vehicular access should be from St Johns Road.
  • A landscaped strip a minimum of five metres wide should be planted along the southeast boundary of the site.
  • Houses and landscaping adjacent to St Johns Road should be laid out and developed in a manner that does not obscure views of the listed Dukes Farm and Barn from St Johns Road.
  • A pedestrian and cycle path should be provided along the northwest of the site, linking St Johns Road to Kerrison Road and providing connectivity to Meadow Road.
  • 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.