Site Specific Allocations

Adopted January 2011

LOW2 - Land south of South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, Gisleham

Allocation: Industrial

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Context
2.37 Site LOW2 is a flat, open area of farmland abutting the southern boundary of the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate. The site is located immediately west of Morrison's supermarket, and wraps around Grange Farm and a new gospel hall recently developed with access off Church Road. An area of woodland is located to the west.

Proposed Development
2.38 This is a predominantly greenfield site on the edge of town, adjacent to the existing employment area of South Lowestoft Industrial Estate. The site has gained outline planning permission for industrial use in the past, although this expired in summer 2008. The Waveney Employment Land Study (2006) recognised the need for this additional area of employment land at the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, and suggested that more land could potentially be needed in future, subject to take-up of this proposed allocation. This site should be developed for a mix of industrial uses (B1, B2 and B8). B1a office uses should first seek a location in the town centre, in accordance with Core Strategy Policy CS10: Retail, Leisure and Office Development.

2.39 The Waveney Core Strategy supports the extension of existing industrial areas onto greenfield land, where no more preferable sites exist either within town boundaries or on previously developed land.

2.40 The Landscape Character Assessment classified this area within zone I4: Gisleham Plateau. Of relevance to this allocation is that native planting should be used to tie development and settlement edges into the wider landscape. Whilst development of this site does represent encroachment into the countryside, it is considered that the impact will be limited by the position of the site adjacent to the existing industrial estate, supermarket and gospel hall. A structural landscaping scheme will be required with early implementation. This should include green spaces for quiet enjoyment by employees within the development. Also, native planting should be introduced around the boundaries of the site to help integrate the development into the landscape and mitigate any adverse impact.

2.41 The County Archaeologist considers there is high potential for archaeological remains to be defined at this location. Accordingly, an archaeological investigation should be carried out prior to the submission of a planning application to ensure that important remains can be preserved. Pre-application discussions with the Local Planning Authority will determine the scope of the investigation.

2.42 Previous planning applications on this site have established that the design and layout of Church Road is not suitable for industrial traffic. Normal vehicular access from Tower Road should therefore be from Hadenham Road only, with no direct access from Church Road or the A12. This will also minimise the impact of the development on the safety and free flow of traffic on the A12. However, pedestrian and cycle access from Church Road and the adjacent supermarket car park and through the site will be encouraged.

2.43 Previous planning applications have also established that development of this site will result in additional flows to foul and surface water drainage systems. The capacity of the main foul and surface water sewerage systems draining the site and their associated pumping stations will therefore need to be increased to cope with the anticipated additional drainage requirements of the development.

2.44 A masterplan for the site should be prepared to demonstrate a comprehensive approach to the development of the site.

Policy LOW2

Land south of South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, Gisleham (16.42ha), is allocated for industrial use. The site will be developed in accordance with the following site specific criteria:

• The site should be developed for a mix of B1 (Business/Light Industrial), B2 (General Industrial) and B8 (Storage and Distribution).
• An archaeological investigation shall be carried out prior to the submission of a planning application.
• Vehicular access should be from Hadenham Road only, with no direct access from Church Road or the A12.
• A cycle and pedestrian access should be provided from Church Road and the adjacent supermarket car park through the site.
• A structural landscaping scheme will be required with early implementation, to include green spaces for quiet enjoyment.
• Native planting should be introduced around the boundaries of the site to integrate the development into the landscape.
• The capacity of the main foul and surface water sewerage systems draining the site and their associated pumping stations should be increased to accommodate the additional drainage requirements of the development.
• Pollution control measures should be implemented.
• A Flood Risk Assessment should be prepared as part of the application process to assess and mitigate the risk of flooding from surface water drainage.

Implementation
2.45 This site will need to be masterplanned in conjunction with the landowner/developer in the short term. The site will be delivered by a developer(s) and should be developed throughout the plan period.