GNLP2098

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Comment

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 17295

Received: 22/11/2018

Respondent: South Norfolk Council

Representation:

surface water flood risk along northern boundary extending to central part of eastern side of site. Watercourse through centre of site.

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surface water flood risk along northern boundary extending to central part of eastern side of site. Watercourse through centre of site.

Comment

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 19205

Received: 14/12/2018

Respondent: Redenhall with Harleston Town Council

Representation:

GNLP2098 - North of Green Lane - Residential development - 65 dwellings proposed - Discounted - There is no logical way that this site could be accessed given the constraints of the surrounding area. Green Lane is a narrow footpath which leads to the by-pass and there is no route viable through either Lovat Close or Church View. The adjoining site of GNLP2099 has also been discounted (see below)

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GNLP2098 - North of Green Lane - Residential development - 65 dwellings proposed - Discounted - There is no logical way that this site could be accessed given the constraints of the surrounding area. Green Lane is a narrow footpath which leads to the by-pass and there is no route viable through either Lovat Close or Church View. The adjoining site of GNLP2099 has also been discounted (see below)

Comment

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 19255

Received: 14/12/2018

Respondent: Redenhall with Harleston Town Council

Representation:

GNLP2098 - North of Green Lane - Residential development - 65 dwellings proposed - Discounted - There is no logical way that this site could be accessed given the constraints of the surrounding area. Green Lane is a narrow footpath which leads to the by-pass and there is no route viable through either Lovat Close or Church View. The adjoining site of GNLP2099 has also been discounted (see below)

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This is Redenhall with Harleston Town Council's response to the next stage of the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP).

History

Harleston is a small, historic market town located in the Waveney Valley which forms part of the border between Norfolk and Suffolk. It is one of a network of market towns, generally located about 10 to 15 miles apart across East Anglia to provide commercial, social and marketing services for the surrounding rural community. This largely remains its main purpose today. It has also developed into a dormitory town and a pleasant location for retired people.

In 1961, the population was 1,809, which was possibly slight less than it was before the First World War. Expansion then started, amounting to 2,284 in 1971, 2,954 in 1981 and 3,725 in 1991. By 2001 it had passed 4,000 and by 2011 reached 4,641. It is estimated that in 2017 the population passed the 5,000 mark. To provide housing for these increases, many dwellings were built on sites throughout the town which had previously provided employment for over 1,000 people. These jobs in the town have not been replaced to the same level and there seems little prospect of doing so. Residents have to travel further for employment and this, coupled with changing living styles, has resulted in increased dependency on cars. The sparsity of public transport has not helped in this regard.

Other than the opening of the by-pass to divert traffic on the main A143 route away from the town centre in the 1970's, there have been no infrastructure improvements made during this period of population expansion. There has also been a decline in other facilities. The town has lost one church and an associated hall, the old youth centre was closed by Norfolk County Council and was saved from possible residential development by the Catholic Church who have allowed for some youth club and other social activities to continue. The Womens Institute Hall and the Oddfellows Hall, both which provided a large function room and regular entertainment events, as well as extensive snooker and pool playing facilities has closed. The Town Council own the Leisure Centre, which has been the venue for a wide range of social activity, and still continues to be so, in a streamlined form, now has a flourishing gymnasium which is used by the wider community living inside and outside the town.
The primary school located in the town, now has to use pre-fabricated classrooms due to many more children attending and will no doubt struggle to cope with further intakes.

The town centre provides a popular shopping venue, but because of its basic layout, was formed before the arrival of motorised transport and there is more frequent congestion on the roads and parking provision often reaches capacity.

Unless these varied infrastructure and social problems are tackled beforehand, residents and the Town Council are unlikely to welcome further new developments and formal objections may be expected at the planning stage.

Today

It is the council's understanding that the submissions received during Regulation 18 greatly exceed the target allocation for housing within the parish. This gives planners the ideal opportunity to consider the most appropriate sites given all the other considerations that must be taken into account during a consultation such as this. Examples that must be given urgent attention in Harleston is parking, school capacities and doctor's and dentists, the whole infrastructure must be looked at first before any large housing developments are built. Of particular concern, is the flash flooding that the town sometimes suffers during sudden heavy rainfall which runs like a river down The Thoroughfare and pools at the end of town towards Redenhall. This situation will not be improved by more permeable ground being used for large amounts of development.

Comments on sites under Regulation 18

GNLP 2136 - Briar Farm - Residential Development - 350 dwellings proposed - Acceptable - The proposed site is large, some 27ha, with a potential residential-led mixed development of upto 350 dwellings. Consideration should be taken on not only the overall impact of such a large development, but the impact on the rural nature of the approach to the town via the A143. If this site is accepted for development, careful consideration must be given to the design and environmental approach to the houses. A plan to plant a woodland area along the perimeter of the development would shield properties from traffic noise from the by-pass as well as providing a softer welcoming approach to the town, and due consideration of the same nature must be afforded to the residents living on Jays Green. It would not be acceptable to put a road exiting from the development onto Jays Green, as this is a narrow road with a difficult junction at the top of School Lane which is only approx. 50 metres away from the start of the potential development. Concerns have been raised as to whether a pedestrian access from the development onto Jays Green would be installed. If this was the case, it should be noted that it is narrow along this stretch of road, with only a pavement on one side. As previously mentioned there is a dangerous junction at the top of School Lane/Jays Green with no footpath on the road at all. There is already a large number of children using this area from Briar Road and Bullfinch Drive and is heavily congested at school times.

Light pollution and light spillage onto neighbouring properties is a significant issue. There are real concerns over the character of new LED lights and their colour temperature. It is hoped that policies are adopted to ensure lighting of the most benign nature is accepted. A starting point can be found in the information provided in the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire AONB planning advice. This is easily achieved if established firmly at the outset for any new works. Colour temperature of 3000k or less with lights fully shrouded and properly aimed to illuminate only the target area would be a wise logical rationale.

GNLP2105 - Mendham Lane - Residential development - 20 dwellings proposed - Discounted - This site is currently in use as allotments, and the town council are of the opinion that this would again give an overbearing approach into the industrial/town area as this site sits adjacent to GNLP2136

GNLP2088 - West of Shotford Road - Residential development - 150 dwellings proposed - Discounted - There are concerns about the narrow access from Shotford Road as this is a long narrow stretch of land which backs onto the existing development of Cherrywood which may add to noise pollution. Any access from this proposed development onto Needham Road will cause problems as it will open straight on to a hill with a sweeping corner making visibility poor. Needham is a historic entrance to the town which has on-street parking causing narrowing of the road to single lane.

GNLP2098 - North of Green Lane - Residential development - 65 dwellings proposed - Discounted - There is no logical way that this site could be accessed given the constraints of the surrounding area. Green Lane is a narrow footpath which leads to the by-pass and there is no route viable through either Lovat Close or Church View. The adjoining site of GNLP2099 has also been discounted (see below)

GNLP2099 - South of Redenhall Road - Residential development -110 dwellings proposed - Discounted - The rising ground from Redenhall Road towards the roundabout is often flooded, due to water running off the fields, this creates problems for drivers entering the town. The approach to the town would be compromised by development overlooking over the main road and would be an unattractive entrance to this historic market town.

GNLP2108 - South of Spirketts Lane - Residential development - 160 - 175 dwellings proposed - Acceptable but not as far as the by-pass - As this site has housing to the west and commitments to the north and east, the council would not be adverse to this site being developed in the future.
GNLP2115 - North of Needham Road - Residential development - Discounted - concerns regarding flood risk at Needham roundabout and loss of agricultural land on the historic entrance to the town. This will join the parishes of Needham and Redenhall with Harleston in areas which play important parts in maintaining historic distinction between the two communities. Access to this proposed site on to Needham Road will cause problems as per GNLP2088.

GNLP2116 - South of Needham Road - Residential development - 160 dwellings proposed - Discounted - for the same reasons as GNLP 2115

Support

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 19528

Received: 14/12/2018

Respondent: Durrants Ltd

Representation:

With respect to site references GNLP21098 and GNLP2099 the applicant welcomes the Council's conclusions that the sites represent suitable sites for future residential development and provide for the natural expansion of Harleston. We highlight that there are no fundamental constraints or impacts that cannot be mitigated through the subsequent policy allocation, applications and development process
We would stress that the proposals put forward in contrast to recent speculative applications and individual piecemeal development within the District represent an opportunity to help deliver a plan-led future for Harleston and wider local community. One that addresses the specific existing and future needs of the District and the local community in a sustainable and accessible location and at the same time seeks to minimise the environmental impacts of future development. We would therefore welcome your support for the inclusion of the above site in the emerging joint local plan.

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