Waveney Local Plan

Land at South Lowestoft Industrial Estate

078 Land south of South Lowestoft Industrial EstateView the site boundary by using our interactive online map.

2.103 The site (19.99 hectares) sits between Hadenham Road and Church Road to the south of South Lowestoft Industrial Estate. The site is currently used for agriculture.

2.104 The site forms part of the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone and was originally allocated in the Site Specific Allocation Development Plan Document in 2011. Prior to that part of the site had planning permission for industrial uses which expired.

2.105 Part of the site off Hadenham Road has recently received planning permission for a number of small start-up units being developed by Suffolk County Council.

2.106 The site is flat with screening to the west. It is unlikely that development on the site would impact on the landscape given the already detracting features of the existing industrial estate and existing buildings already present on the Church Road frontage. The site has good access on to Hadenham Road and is close to the strategic road network. Future employees will have good access to existing and future retail and leisure facilities located close to the site.

2.107 The Employment Land Needs Assessment (2016) identified that demand for employment land was higher in North Lowestoft. However, there is still likely to be demand in South Lowestoft, particularly given its good links to Sizewell to the south and the existing cluster of businesses present in the area. The existing industrial estate has low levels of vacancies and a good proportion of units remain in employment use (B1, B2, and B8 uses). However, this site allocation is very large and considering the overall need for employment land it is unlikely that all of this site will be developed within the plan period to 2036. However, given the nature of the site and to give flexibility to what parts of the site could come forward, it is considered appropriate to continue to allocate the entire Enterprise Zone area. Furthermore, the land has limited potential for any other uses except for its existing agricultural use.

2.108 Church Road is considered unsuitable to be used for vehicular access. Therefore, access to the site should come from Hadenham Road only. However, pedestrian and cycle access should be provided on to Church Road.

2.109 The site has a high potential for archaeology and any planning application must be supported by the results of a programme of archaeological evaluation, including appropriate fieldwork, and should demonstrate the impacts of development on archaeological remains and proposals for managing those impacts.

 

Policy WLP2.16 - Land at South Lowestoft Industrial Estate

Land at South Lowestoft Industrial Estate (19.99 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for employment development (falling under use classes B1, B2 and B8).

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

  • Vehicular access should be from Hadenham Road only.
  • Cycle and pedestrian access should be provided from Church Road.
  • Landscaping should be provided to the west and south of the site.
  • Landscaping should be provided within the site to provide outdoor areas for use by employees.
  • A Transport Assessment and Travel Plan should be submitted with any planning application.
  • Any planning application is to be supported by the results of a programme of archaeological evaluation, including appropriate fieldwork, and should demonstrate the impacts of development on archaeological remains and proposals for managing those impacts.