South Norfolk Village Clusters Housing Allocations Plan (Reg. 18 Draft)

Ended on the 2 August 2021
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11. Carleton Rode

Form and Character


To the north of the parish dwellings are within the Settlement Limit of, and therefore considered with Bunwell (which is also a Service Village). Elsewhere, the main development of Carleton Rode village is along Flaxlands Road/Rode Lane, resulting in a linear settlement form characterised by one plot depth. There are isolated clusters of development at Hargate on the B1113 and at the junction of the B1113 and Rode Lane.

Development along Rode Lane has been concentrated along the east side of the road, with the exception of a small group of dwellings on the west side. The relatively undeveloped west side of Hall Road and Rode Lane allows views of the surrounding countryside. Development around Church Farm is separated from the main built-up area by large open fields, contributing to the rural setting of the village. The village is surrounded by generally flat countryside, with the Tas Valley in the southern part of the parish. The B1113 runs through the south of the parish, linking it to New Buckenham and Norwich. There is also a road link to Old Buckenham.


Services and Community Facilities

The primary school is located to the south of the village, opposite the church, while the village hall and playing field are to the east of the village on Mill Road.


Settlement Limit and Constraints


The Settlement Limit has been drawn to include the main built form of the settlement and include the allocation made within the 2016 Site Allocations Plan. The proposed Settlement Limit covers most development along Rode Lane/Flaxlands Road and separates the main village from the Church Farm cluster where open countryside is prominent. The road capacity of the village is a limiting factor. No alterations are proposed to the existing Settlement Limit

(1) QUESTION 175: Do you agree with the extent of the Settlement Limit and any changes proposed? If not, please explain what further changes should be made.

Preferred and Shortlisted Sites

8 sites have been promoted for consideration, 6 of which have been assessed, but none were identified as preferred or shortlisted sites. 


The remaining two sites (reference SN0439SL & SN0438) have not been formally reassessed either as a potential allocation site, or for an uplift in housing numbers on the site, because they  benefit from planning permission (District Reference 2017/2092 & 2019/2210). 

Rejected Sites

The following site(s) were promoted for development but have been rejected on the basis of information available at the time of assessment.



Location and Reasons for Rejection


Land north of The Turnpike, Carleton Rode

The site is separated from the main settlement and its services and is considered to be in an unsustainable location. The site is relatively well contained in the wider landscape however highway concerns have been identified, as has the impact of development on designated heritage assets.


Land south of Flaxlands Road, Carleton Rode

The site is well contained and relates well to existing development however it is situated within key views of designated heritage assets, including the Grade I listed Church to the north, and development would have a detrimental impact on the setting of these buildings. Surface water flooding within part of the site and highways concerns have also been identified.


Land to west of Rode Lane, Carleton Rode

Development of the site is constrained by the presence of heritage assets and natural landscape features, as well as the identified surface water flooding.


Land west of Greenways Lane, Carleton Rode

Development on this site would not reflect the linear development of the settlement and would represent a divergence from the historical character of the village. Highways concerns have also been identified.


Land south of Flaxlands Road, Carleton Rode

The site appears reasonably well located but has poor connectivity to the main settlement. Development of the site would also result in the coalescence of two distinct areas of the settlement to the detriment to the overall character of Carleton Rode. Potential adverse heritage impacts have also been identified due to its impact on the setting of nearby designated heritage assets.


Carleton Barn, Rode Lane, Carleton Rode

The site is separated from the main settlement and is considered to have detrimental impact on the form and character of the settlement and character of the overall landscape. Loss of the boundary hedgerow to obtain access to the site has also been identified as a potential landscape issue.

(4) QUESTION 44: Do you think that any of the rejected sites should be allocated? Please add additional comments to explain your response and please specify which site(s) you are referring to.

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