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

Ended on the 2 August 2021
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30. Roydon

Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan

The Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan covers an area that includes the following settlements that are, or form part of, a South Norfolk Village Cluster: Burston, Shimpling, Diss, Roydon and Scole.

The Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan is being prepared by the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and is expected to be published for consultation in summer 2021. The Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan will include site allocations for residential development, based upon housing requirements for different areas as set out in the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP).

The housing requirement identified for Diss is 250 homes, this is set out in the GNLP. The indicative housing requirements for Burston and Shimpling, Roydon and Scole is a minimum of 25 homes each, a minimum of 75 homes in total.

To ensure transparency, the chapter includes the list of the sites in Roydon that have been promoted to the Council for consideration. The assessment and allocation of sites for Roydon will be undertaken through the Neighbourhood Plan, relevant details of the site(s) promoted to the Council have been shared with the Neighbourhood Plan steering Group


Details of the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan can be found here:


Form and character


The main development in the parish is concentrated in three areas. There is the main village of Roydon; an area of settlement around Baynards Green; and parts of the settlement of Diss to the west of Shelfanger Road and north of Factory Lane, and along Tottington Lane west of Fair Green (both of which are within Diss Settlement Limit and considered with Diss). The parish also contains clusters of development around Brewers Green and part of Bressingham Common along Bressingham Road. Roydon village is located on the A1066 overlooking the Waveney Valley, and comprises several residential estates to the north of the road and a ribbon of development along its south side. To the east, an area of open fields containing an isolated row of dwellings on Factory Lane separates Roydon from the developed area of Diss. Elsewhere, the village is surrounded by open farmland affording attractive views to Snow Street and a shallow valley to the north, and across the larger Waveney Valley to the south. At Baynards Green, development is of a linear nature along Snow Street, Baynards Lane and Hall Lane. These combine to create an attractive environment, where trees are integral to the setting of the dwellings.

The A1066 provides Roydon with a direct east-west link to Diss and other settlements along the Waveney Valley. Old High Road provides a further link to the centre of Diss via Roydon Road. The B1077 Shelfanger Road links northward to Shelfanger and Attleborough.

Services and Community Facilities

The village contains a range of facilities including a preschool, primary school, service station, village hall and pub. The village also has space for recreation and a limited bus service.

Settlement Limit and Constraints

The Settlement Limit has been drawn to include the main built form of the settlement and to maintain the separation of the two parts of the village, and that of Roydon and Diss. No alterations are proposed to the existing Settlement Limit

(14) QUESTION 109: 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, Shortlisted and Rejected Sites

For the reasons set out above, the suitability of development sites promoted for consideration in Roydon are not set out here. However, for the purposes of transparency a list of sites promoted to the Council for consideration is set out below:




Land at High Road, Roydon


You can view these sites on the map.


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