Waveney Local Plan

Brampton with Stoven Strategy and Site Allocations

Population: 437     Dwellings: 190

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

Post Office
No

Meeting place
Yes

 
Figure 26 - Strategic site allocations in Brampton with Stoven
151 Strategic Site Allocations Brampton with Stoven

7.93 The parishes of Brampton with Stoven are set in the countryside in the central area of the District. A dispersed pattern of development characterises the area with the largest settlement located at the junction of Southwold Road and the A145. Smaller clusters are located around Moll's Lane, the railway station and along Southwold Road.

7.94 The settlement located on Southwold Road has a primary school and a village hall, however, the latter is separated from the residential area by the A145 and no pedestrian crossing is provided. Other than the railway station there are no services or facilities located in the other settlement clusters and access to these is limited by the narrow road network. A bus route connects the Southwold Road area to Beccles and Southwold.

7.95 The strategy for Brampton is to focus development on the Southwold Road/A145 area. The dispersed nature of facilities in the existing village does not create a community focal point and makes a limited contribution towards the identity of the village. New residential development will facilitate the delivery of a community facility including a replacement village hall, equipped play area, small playing pitch and additional parking to support the primary school. New dwellings will consist of a variety of housing types and tenures to meet local housing need.

7.96 To support new development in the village and surrounding villages the Brampton Primary School will need to expand by 28 places. Localised improvements to the foul sewerage network will be required. Development could be supported with improved parking facilities at Brampton railway station to encourage park and ride journeys.

Land South of Southwold Road, Brampton

Mixed use including residential development, village hall and open space

7.97 The site (3.04 hectares) is located on the south east fringe of the village. The site is greenfield and used for agriculture. Access can be obtained from Southwold Road.

7.98 The site is considered to offer the best opportunity to provide housing in the area and assist with the delivery of community facilities that are well related to the local residents. The site, if designed with a good landscaping scheme, is relatively contained in the wider landscape and can be brought forward without having any significant adverse impacts. The site has good access to the strategic network which connects the village to Beccles and larger service centres further afield. A limited bus service connects the village to Beccles and Southwold and bus stops are connected by public footway to the site.

7.99 The existing village hall is located to the west of the residential area and is separated by the A145. No safe crossing is provided. Adjacent the village hall is the Brampton Bowls Club and an amenity green space. The location of these facilities has created a settlement that is devoid of a facility that can function as a community focal point in a location that is well related to the residential area and easy to access for residents. The intention of the allocation is for the residential development to facilitate delivery of a replacement village hall, an equipped play area and a playing pitch. In one location, these complementary facilities can help create a hub in the village for indoor and outdoor activities.

7.100 The village has a relatively high proportion of affordable social rented dwellings. New development will provide a variety of housing types and tenures, however, to create a more balanced mix of tenures in the village the affordable housing provided on this site should include a greater proportion of starter homes and shared equity tenures.

7.101 Opposite the site is Brampton Primary School. Development of the site will be required to provide footways which connect new dwellings to the recreational facility and enable safe crossing to the school.

7.102 By the nature of its rural location, the school has a large catchment. Many pupils are driven by their parents from surrounding villages creating issues with temporary car parking in the vicinity of the primary school. A parking area associated with the village hall could provide a solution, if designed with a turnaround area as part of the scheme, to improve road safety.

7.103 The open space required on the site will be a significant community resource and its design should reflect this. Any scheme should be designed so the village hall and the residential properties face onto the equipped play area and playing field. This will provide natural surveillance of the site. To help integrate the community facility with the existing village, one of the open space frontages should face onto Southwold Road.

7.104 There is a risk new development could create a prominent and exposed settlement edge that could adversely affect the rural character of the village. Any scheme should be designed to have a quality landscaping and tree planting scheme that will integrate the development into the surrounding countryside and retain the rural character of the area. Any planting scheme should be designed to utilise existing hedgerows and trees that define the historical field boundary patterns and enhance habitats that support biodiversity.

7.105 An underground sewerage pipe traverses the west part of the site while overhead telephone cables are also present. Discussions should be had with stakeholders to identify if there are any issues that need to be mitigated.

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

7.107 Figure 27 shows how the uses on the site should be laid out.

Figure 27 - Land on the south side of Southwold Road, Brampton indicative masterplan

 154 Brampton Masterplan

Policy WLP7.11 - Land South of Southwold Road, Brampton

Land south of Southwold Road, Brampton (3.04 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for mixed use development including up to 50 dwellings, replacement village hall and recreational open space.

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

  • The residential part of the site will take no more than 2.0 hectares of the site area and be developed at a density of approximately 25 dwellings per hectare.
  • Any proposal should be designed to provide a mix of housing types and sizes with priority given to two and three bedroom dwellings.
  • A village hall will be provided on the site. This is to be located near the primary school. As part of the car park design, a turning area should be provided that can be shared with the primary school. Secure cycle parking facilities should be provided. Car parking provided on site is not to exceed 24 spaces.
  • An open space of not less than 0.8 hectares is to be provided on site. This will include an equipped play space equivalent to a local equipped area for play and an area that can be used as a playing pitch and support informal activities. The open space should be adjacent the village hall and be designed to have residential properties facing onto it. The open space and village hall area should be designed to have three primary street frontages including good visibility from Southwold Road.
  • Proposals for the village hall, equipped play area and playing pitch should be designed as part of the masterplan for the entire site. These should be delivered concurrently with the residential development.
  • The farm access to the agricultural land located at the north east of the site from Southwold Road is to be retained.
  • Hedgerows and trees along the boundary should be protected where possible. A quality landscaping and tree planting scheme will be required along the south and east boundaries of the site.
  • A Transport Statement should be submitted with any planning application.
  • A planning condition relating to archaeological investigation will be attached to any planning permission.

Land at Toodley Farm, Station Road, Brampton

Residential development

7.109 The site (0.55 hectares) is located west of Brampton railway station in the central area of the District. The site can be accessed from Station Road.

7.110 The site is in a rural location with limited access to services and facilities. The site is positioned within walking distance of Brampton railway station where train services provide access to Beccles and Halesworth and further afield Lowestoft and Ipswich. This provides a choice of transport modes for residents and contributes towards rural sustainability. The railway station could be enhanced with improvements to the car park to encourage people to use the station from the surrounding rural area. A bus service operates between Beccles and Southwold and stops are located close to the site on Station Road. The site is considered to be a good location for a small development in a rural area to provide a choice of housing not widely available in the District.

7.111 Residential development fronting onto Station Road would reflect the character of the small settlement. The shortfall of small dwellings is an existing issue throughout rural areas of the District. To address this need and reflect the character of the settlement, dwellings should have a footprint size that is consistent with the terraced dwellings which face onto the railway line.

7.112 The site is partly contained within the landscape by residential development to the north and east. The site is partially screened by a farm building adjacent to the north west of the site but to the south and west the site is exposed to the open countryside. Landscaping using native vegetation will be required to integrate the development into the rural surroundings. West of the site is Shingle Hall which is Grade II listed. This side of the site is exposed and landscaping and tree planting should be used to mitigate potential impact on views from the Hall.

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

Policy WLP7.12 - Land at Toodley Farm, Station Road, Brampton

Land at Toodley Farm, Brampton (0.55 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 8 dwellings.

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

  • Development should be in the form of 4 pairs of semi-detached dwellings fronting on to Station Road.
  • Trees located along the street frontage should be protected where possible.
  • Landscaping and tree planting will be required along the west and south boundary.
  • A planning condition relating to archaeological investigation will be attached to any planning permission.