Waveney Local Plan

Westhall Strategy and Site Allocations

Population: 342     Dwellings: 165

Primary School
GP surgery
Public house
Food Shop

Post Office

Meeting place


Figure 34 - Strategic site allocations in Westhall
178 Strategic Site Allocations Westhall

7.178 Westhall is centrally located in the District and is characterised by the surrounding countryside. The village has a population of 342 and has experienced limited development in recent years and is constrained by its existing infrastructure.

7.179 Existing community facilities include a village hall, public house, shop, equipped play area and a playing field. Larger service centres with services and facilities are located several miles in each direction with connections provided along the A145 to Beccles and to Bungay and Halesworth via the A144. A bus service links the village with Beccles and Halesworth and Brampton train station is located a mile to the north which provides connections to Lowestoft and Ipswich.

7.180 A limited amount of development in keeping with the character of the existing built up area will support facilities within the village and provide housing tenures required to meet housing need in the community. To accommodate growth in the village localised improvements to the foul sewerage network will be required.

Land West of Lock's Road, Westhall

Residential development

7.181 The site (0.97 hectares) is located in the east part of the village. The land is used for agriculture and can be accessed from Lock's Road.

7.182 The site is well related to the existing built up area. There is good access to the site, and it is adjacent the village recreation area and reasonably contained within the wider landscape. The allocation is of a scale that reflects the size of the village and will provide a limited amount of new housing to support a rural community where little development has taken place in recent years.

7.183 The adjacent residential area has a housing density of approximately 17 dwellings per hectare. This part of the village is characterised by two storey terraced and semi-detached dwellings facing north and west. Development on this site should reflect the density, scale and massing of surrounding development. The village is rural in character and this contributes towards the setting of many of the existing dwellings. Over development of the site would be inappropriate and potentially have an adverse impact on this rural character. Low density development is reflective of the infrastructure constraints including water, sewerage and broadband that exist in the village.

7.184 The village hall, public house, allotments and the recreation ground are located adjacent to the site. The recreation ground is not well overlooked by residential properties and new development provides an opportunity to improve natural surveillance of the site and enhance its relationship with the surrounding residential area. Properties should be designed to face onto the recreation ground. Public access to the recreation ground should be provided via the development to improve access for the wider community.

7.185 Development will be exposed to the open countryside when viewed from the north and there is potential for a prominent and exposed settlement edge to be created if a scheme is not supported with a quality landscaping scheme. Any scheme will be required to have a landscaping scheme that protects existing hedgerows and uses hedgerow reinforcement and tree planting to provide screening and integrate the site into the rural surroundings.

7.186 The site has potential for archaeology and a programme of archaeological work will be required as part of any planning permission. 

Policy WLP7.21 - Land West of Lock's Road, Westhall

Land at Lock's Road, Westhall (0.97 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 14 dwellings.

The site should be developed in accordance with the following site specific criteria:

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 15 dwellings per hectare.
  • Dwellings should be of a scale and have a plot size reflective of existing properties located on Wangford Road and Lock's Road.
  • Any scheme is to be designed to have residential properties facing onto the recreation ground located to the west of the site.
  • Direct public access to the recreation open space is to be provided. This access is to be overlooked and wide enough to support shared-use.
  • Hedgerows and trees located along the site boundaries should be protected and reinforced where possible. A quality landscaping scheme will be required to provide screening along the north east boundary of the site using native planting.
  • A condition relating to an archaeological investigation will need to be attached to any planning permission.