South Norfolk Village Clusters Housing Allocations Plan (Reg. 18 Draft)
Form and character
Earsham is located within the Waveney Valley approximately 1km south west of Bungay and in close proximity to the Broads. The main area of development in the parish lies to the south of the modern A143 along The Street. Development elsewhere in the parish is of a scattered and sporadic nature.
The main built-up area of Earsham was originally based along the line of The Street with the core of the village centred on the crossroads of The Street and Station Road. Significant post-war development has resulted in a more nucleated settlement form. Earsham has good links, via the A143 with Beccles and Lowestoft to the east, and Harleston and Diss to the west, and to Norwich via the B1332. Part of the parish, to the north of the A143 bypass, lies within the Broads Authority area.
Services and Community Facilities
The settlement has a range of commercial, social and community facilities including a primary school, pub and village hall. There is also a limited bus service. Earsham is in close proximity to Bungay which provides a large range of social and community facilities. The village has the benefit of mains sewerage capacity.
Settlement Limit and Constraints
The Settlement Limit includes the main built form of the settlement and there are no alterations are proposed to the existing Settlement Limit.
QUESTION 51: 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
2 sites have been promoted for consideration, of which both have been identified as preferred sites.
On the basis of the assessment undertaken the following site(s) have been identified as a preferred allocation:
Site: SN0218, Land north of The Street
Preferred for 35 dwellings on a site of 1.4 hectares.
Reasoned justification: This site is well related to Earsham village and facilities. Development of the site is subject to achieving a satisfactory access to the south eastern boundary, off The Street. The site benefits from a long site frontage where providing a suitable vehicular access should be sufficient (good visibility/ability to set development back to provide a footway). Whilst development of the site may have impacts upon the landscape and townscape, it has been identified that these could be mitigated. The site is within Flood Zone 1 where a small section to the southern boundary is considered a 'low risk' to surface flooding, given the size of the site it is considered that development is still achievable.
(6) QUESTION 52: Do you support or object to the allocation of the preferred site? Please add additional comments to explain your response and please specify which site(s) you are referring to. If the site is allocated do you think there are any specific requirements that should be set out in the allocation policy?
Site: SN0390, Land east of School Road
Preferred for a Settlement Limit Extension on a site of approximately 0.5ha.
Reasoned justification: The site in a preferable location for an allocation, as it is well related to services and facilities, but is currently constrained by a narrow access, suitable for a private drive only. Therefore, at this stage it is considered as a settlement limit extension.
It is proposed that only the eastern field is developed in order to avoid food risk areas and mitigate landscape impact. Consideration will need to be given to views along School Road, south towards the Listed Church where there are potential Heritage concerns.
If access issues can be resolved then the site is can be expected to be suitable for allocation for a development in the region of 25 homes on a site of approximately 1ha.
(7) QUESTION 53: Do you support or object to the proposed use of the site? Please explain your reasons
No sites have been rejected.
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