Waveney Local Plan

Blundeston Strategy and Site Allocations

Population: 1,651     Dwellings: 509

Primary School
Yes
GP surgery
No
Public house
Yes
Food Shop
No

Post Office
No

Meeting place
Yes

 

Figure 21 - Strategic site allocations in Blundeston
128 Strategic site allocations Blundeston

7.17 Blundeston is one of the larger villages in the District and is located approximately three miles north-west of Lowestoft. The village is well connected to the strategic road network including the A47 linking Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth and the B1074 towards Norwich. Employment is available in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth and new development proposed in the Local Plan could improve the attractiveness of the village as a place to live and support the community.

7.18 The village has literary links to Charles Dickens and there are several distinctive buildings of heritage value that contribute towards the character of the village including Plough Inn and St Mary the Virgin Church. Recreational activities are focused around the village hall where there is equipped play provision and sports pitch facilities.

7.19 During the first half of the plan period the redevelopment of the former Blundeston Prison site will deliver a significant amount of new housing in the village to meet local needs as well as a pre-school, retail and employment units. The strategy for Blundeston is therefore to allocate a small amount of additional development to be delivered only once the Blundeston Prison development is complete in order to enable the community to accommodate this growth and reduce the potential impact on the character of the village.

7.20 This additional development, which is located on the edge of the existing settlement, will help support the existing services and facilities within the village. To support the new development an extension to Blundeston Primary School of 32 new places will be required. Localised improvements to the foul sewerage network will also be required. 

Land South of Lound Road, Blundeston

Residential development

7.21 The site (0.88 hectares) is located in Blundeston on Lound Road in the north west area of the village. The north part of the site has been used for horticulture in the past and the south part of the site is greenfield and used for grazing.

7.22 The site is set within the built up area and is contained within the wider landscape by existing development and trees along Flixton Road. Compared to other potential sites for development around the village the site is considered to have a minimal impact on the landscape setting and character of Blundeston. This small site provides an opportunity to provide housing that will contribute towards meeting local need and without adversely affect the setting or character of the village.

7.23 The site is most closely related to the adjacent built up area to the east which is characterised by well established two storey semi-detached dwellings. The housing density in the surrounding residential area is approximately 18 dwellings per hectare and is characterised by dwellings with a small footprint relative to the size of the plot. Existing properties near the site are set back from the road and have off-street car parking which should be reflected in any development proposal.

7.24 Along the south boundary is an unpaved public right of way lined by established trees. Lound Road does not have footways and an opportunity exists for the development to utilise this Public Right of Way to improve connectivity to facilities in the village.

7.25 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 WLP7.3 - Land South of Lound Road, Blundeston

Land at Lound Road, Blundeston (0.88 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for a residential development of 16 dwellings.

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

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 18 dwellings per hectare.
  • The size of the building footprint in relation to the size of the plot will reflect the character of properties located to the east along Lound Road.
  • Direct access to the public right of way located along the south boundary of the site should be provided.
  • Trees along the south boundary of the site should be protected.
  • A planning condition relating to archaeological investigation will be attached to any planning permission.
  • Planning permission for residential development will not be granted until 2025

 

Land North of Pickwick Drive, Blundeston

Residential development

7.26 The site (2.29 hectares) is located on the north extremity of Blundeston. This site is potentially accessed from Pickwick Drive (via Market Lane) and The Pippins. The site is fallow and has been used for horticultural purposes in the past.

7.27 The site is an extension of the existing built up area but is contained within the wider landscape and relates well to recent development in this part of the village.

7.28 The adjacent residential area has a housing density of approximately 20 dwellings per hectare. The area to the west of the site is characterised by single storey dwellings with frontages set back from the road and the dwellings to the south in the vicinity of Pickwick Drive are characterised by recent development consisting of two storey dwellings. A mix of dwelling types on the site would complement both of these areas.

7.29 The site has access to the existing road network, however, the access point from Pickwick Drive is narrow and been designed to support shared use. This access may need to be upgraded.

7.30 The site is contained within the wider landscape by the undulating terrain and trees in the area. Adjacent grazing plots along the east boundary help integrate the site into the surrounding landscape. New development has the potential to create a prominent settlement edge to the north and east. A scheme designed to have a street frontage facing out to the countryside coupled with landscaping would act to soften the potential impact on the landscape. Existing hedgerows along the east flank of the site link into the hedgerow network that extends northwards from The Loke. The hedgerows should be protected and opportunities to enhance the hedgerow for biodiversity are encouraged.

7.31 The site contains several different habitats that could support biodiversity. To identify the biodiversity value of the site and any necessary mitigation measures, are required an ecological assessment will be required as part of any planning application.

7.32 The site is some distance from the play facilities located near the village hall. There are no footways or cycle routes to provide safe access for children to these community facilities in the centre of the village. Therefore, an equipped play area with ancillary open space should be provided on site. It is important this is designed to be well overlooked and related to the surrounding development.

7.33 Two public rights of way connect to The Pippins located at the north west corner of the site. These routes form part of a wider footpath network extending to Oulton and the Waveney Valley. A development that enables access to the public rights of way would benefit the wider area.

7.34 The site has potential for archaeology and a programme of archaeological work will be required as part of any planning permission.

7.35 An underground sewerage pipe traverses the site. Discussions with Anglian Water should be undertaken prior to a planning application being submitted to identify if mitigation measures are required. 

 

Policy WLP7.4 - Land North of Pickwick Drive, Blundeston

Land at Market Lane (2.29 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for 45 dwellings.

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

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 22 dwellings per hectare.
  • Any proposal should be designed to provide a mix of housing types and sizes and reflect the residential character of the surrounding area.
  • A play space equivalent to a local equipped area for play and together with ancillary open space totalling not less than 0.2 hectares is to be provided on site. The open space should be designed to have a street frontage on three sides or have a street corner position.
  • Direct access to the public rights of way located at the north west corner of the site should be provided.
  • Landscaping and tree planting will be required to mitigate the impact of the development on the character of the adjacent countryside and amenity when viewed from public rights of way. Hedgerows on site should be protected and planting to enhance the connectivity and quality of the hedgerows will be required to support biodiversity.
  • An ecological assessment undertaken by a suitably qualified person will be required as part of any planning application.
  • A planning condition relating to archaeological investigation will be attached to any planning permission.
  • Planning permission for residential development will not be granted until 2025.