Waveney Local Plan

Wrentham Strategy and Site Allocations

Population: 968     Dwellings: 484

Primary School
No
GP surgery
Yes
Public house
Yes (x2)
Food Shop
Yes

Post Office
Yes

Meeting place
Yes

 

Figure 24 - Strategic site allocations in Wrentham
145 Strategic Site Allocations Wrentham


7.77 The village is located on the A12 between Lowestoft and Southwold and has historically expanded along the road network, creating a built up area characterised by development branching out from the village centre.

7.78 The historical development of Wrentham is reflected in the number of listed buildings and the Conservation Area in the village.

7.79 Public transport connects the village to larger service centres.

7.80 Wrentham is rural in character and lies just to the west of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Wren River stretches through the village north to south creating an area at risk from flooding along its length.

7.81 The strategy for Wrentham is to allow for a reasonable level of growth to help support the shops and services in the village. A mix of housing types and tenures in different locations in the village will provide choice in the market and enable new housing to meet the needs of the community.

7.82 To support growth in Wrentham localised improvements to the foul sewerage network will be required. Currently, Wrentham is within the catchment of Reydon Primary School. However, with the growth allocated to Reydon, it is unlikely there will be capacity to accommodate the growth from Wrentham as well. It is likely therefore that children from the new developments will travel to primary schools in either Brampton or Kessingland. New development will also help deliver improvements to tennis courts in Wrentham and improvements to the playing field as identified in the Playing Pitch Assessment (2014). 

Land North of Chapel Road, Wrentham

Residential development and open space

7.83 The site (4.82 hectares) is located at the north west periphery of the village. The site is used for agriculture and can be accessed from Chapel Road.

7.84 The site is reasonably contained in the wider landscape by existing development to the north, east and south and is unlikely to significantly affect the open character and setting of the village. The site provides an opportunity to deliver a variety of housing types and tenures in a location that has good access to the strategic road network and facilities in the village centre.

7.85 There is an equipped play area located to the south at the end of Bonsey Gardens. The facility lies some distance from the site, is poorly overlooked, requires improvement and is not suitable to provide for the needs of the proposed development. Therefore a recreation area should be provided that is well designed and integrated into the residential surroundings to positively contribute towards the perception of the development and provide a focal point in the area. To be an attractive destination and provide greater value to the area, the open space should include an equipped play area equivalent to a neighbourhood equipped area for play and an ancillary open space to support natural play and be used for informal and amenity uses. The open space should be located towards the south of the site so it can also benefit the existing community.

7.86 Several listed buildings are located along Priory Road to the north. These have prominent rear frontages and views from the north across the site. To preserve their setting, development to the north of the site should be low level and have long back gardens. Landscaping along this boundary will contribute towards mitigating potential impact on these properties. The northern edge of the site is also at risk from flooding. Long back gardens of about 40 metres will ensure development avoids the area of flood risk. Paddocks located immediately east of the site contribute towards the setting of existing residential properties and create a sense of openness in the area. These paddocks are to be preserved and any development should be designed innovatively to make use of this setting. The landscape to the west has a more open character and to minimise the impact on the landscape dwellings along this boundary should be no higher than 1.5 storeys.

7.87 The site has potential for archaeology. An archaeological condition will be required to support any planning application. 

 

Policy WLP7.9 - Land North of Chapel Road, Wrentham

Land north of Chapel Road, Wrentham (4.82 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 60 dwellings and open space.

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

  • The residential part of the site will be developed at a density of approximately 15 dwellings per hectare.
  • Any proposal should be designed to provide a mix of housing types and sizes including single and two storey dwellings.
  • Properties along the north boundary should have long rear gardens of approximately 40 metres facing towards the listed buildings on Priory Road.
  • Dwellings in the north part of the site and along the west boundary should be no higher than 1.5 storeys.
  • Low density development is to be supported with a quality landscaping scheme to provide openness on site and provide screening along the west boundary of the site.
  • An equipped play area equivalent to a neighbourhood equipped area for play and ancillary open space for amenity use will be provided of a size not less than 0.5 hectares. The ancillary open space should have landscaping that lends itself to natural and informal forms of play.
  • The public open space is to be located at the south side of the site and designed to have street frontages on three sides ideally being on a corner plot.
  • Hedgerows and trees located along the site boundaries should be protected and reinforced where possible.
  • A Transport Statement should be submitted with any planning application.
  • A condition relating to an archaeological investigation will need to be attached to any planning permission.

Land West of London Road, Wrentham

Residential development

7.88 The site (1.11 hectares) is located at the south west edge of the settlement. The land is used for grazing and can be accessed from London Road.

7.89 Two storey semi-detached dwellings are currently located along London Road which are interspersed with older detached dwellings that provide the more traditional character to the south of Wrentham. The development should reflect the scale and massing of these properties, particularly, on the London Road frontage. Listed buildings are located adjacent and opposite the north east corner of the site. The agricultural fields south of London Road contribute towards views of the village when approaching from the south and the openness of the area. To protect this character the frontage along London Road should be designed so it is set back and in line with the properties 40-42 London Road.

7.90 Adjacent the site is an equipped play area accessed off Bonsey Gardens. This open space is poorly overlooked and isolated from its residential surroundings. Development provides an opportunity to improve the setting of the play space and the contribution it makes to the community. A scheme could be innovatively designed to have properties facing onto the open space and extending the open space southwards as part of a landscaping scheme to relate to the new dwellings fronting onto it. Landscaping of this nature within the development will replace the need for public open space on site. Development that does not positively contribute towards the enhancement of the open space will not be supported.

7.91 Development is likely to create a prominent and exposed settlement edge facing to the west. This should be mitigated through a quality landscaping scheme that protects and reinforces the existing hedgerow and tree network to support biodiversity and provide screening.

7.92 The site has potential for archaeology. An archaeological condition will be required to support any planning application. 

 

Policy WLP7.10 - Land West of London Road, Wrentham

Land west of London Road, Wrentham (1.11 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for a residential development of 22 dwellings.

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

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 20 dwellings per hectare.
  • Any proposal should be designed to provide a mix of housing types and sizes. The priority should be for smaller two and three bedroom dwellings.
  • Properties with frontages onto London Road are to reflect the character of properties within the same frontage located to the east. The frontages of dwellings facing onto London Road at the north east part of the site should be set back from the road in line with the listed building adjacent to the east.
  • Dwellings should be of a scale which reflects the scale of semi-detached dwellings located along London Road.
  • Any scheme will be designed to extend and enhance the equipped play space located to the north east of the site, including by the siting of properties facing on to it.
  • Existing hedgerows and trees on site and along the boundary should be protected where possible. Quality landscaping and tree planting should be used to screen the development when viewed from the west.
  • A condition relating to an archaeological investigation will need to be attached to any planning permission.