Agenda item

RESIDENTIAL ALLOCATIONS IN HARLING (APPENDIX A)

Harling allocations.

Minutes:

The site allocations for Harling were previously considered by the Group on 22 September 2009, details of which were contained in previous minute reference 15/09.  Views were requested on the sites to go forward as preferred and reasonable alternative allocations.

 

By way of background, it was explained that Harling has been identified as one of four larger villages in the District for modest estate scale growth.  The adopted Breckland Core Strategy provides for an allocation of 50 new homes.  Allowing for an existing permission for 10 units outside the existing settlement boundary, the remainder left to accommodate was 40 units.

 

The approximate land requirement to accommodate 40 houses was 1.3 hectares, with a proposed average density for development of 30 units per hectare.

 

Corrected plans had been circulated as a supplement to the agenda prior to the meeting.

 

The details of each site are as contained in Appendix A to the report.

 

Preferred Allocation

 

Site H1 – Land to the north of Kenninghall Road, adjacent East Harling Primary School

 

Since the meeting on 22 September 2009, confirmation had been received from the Education Authority that the adjoining Primary School had sufficient capacity to meet the educational requirements of the village and the new development and that additional land would not be required for the school.

 

Mrs. E. Mould for the Parish Council confirmed that site H1 was their preferred option.

 

Reasonable Alternative Options

 

Site H2 – Residential allocation of land at junction of Garboldisham Road and Lopham Road

 

The main issue affecting this site was the relationship of any development on the Listed Buildings to the north of the site.  In the view of the Council’s Historic Buildings Officer, development would be detrimental to the setting and special interest of The Crescent, which was the more significant of the two remaining Grade 2 Listed social housing developments by George Skipper.

 

A large number of representations in support of this site had been received outside the formal consultation process.

 

A proposal was made that site H2 be removed as an option on the grounds of the detrimental impact that development would have on the setting of the adjoining Listed Buildings, which were of national importance and should be protected.

 

Site H3 – Residential allocation of land adjacent to Lopham Road, on the eastern boundary of Harling

 

No comments made.

 

Site H4 – Residential allocation of land west of the Glebe

 

A member was concerned at the impact that additional vehicles from a substantial development of the site could have on Hill Harling Barn Road.

 

The Principal Planning Policy advised that the Highway Authority had indicated that, given the reduced development area of the site since the previous consultation, Hill Harling Barn Road was constructed to a sufficient standard to accommodate the additional traffic.

 

Site H5 – Residential allocation of land west of The Glebe

 

No comments made.

 

Conclusions

 

(1)    Site H1 be endorsed as the Preferred Allocation for Harling.

(2)    Site H2 be removed as an option on the grounds of the detrimental impact that development would have on the setting of the adjoining Listed Buildings, which were of national importance and should be protected.

(3)    Sites H3, H4 and H5 be endorsed as reasonable alternative options.

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