Waveney Local Plan

Land West of Copperwheat Avenue, Reydon

Residential development

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6.6 The site (12.24 hectares) is located on the western edge of Reydon, between Keens Lane to the south and Copperwheat Avenue to the north east.

6.7 Reydon is surrounded by the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, therefore, all of the landscape surrounding the settlement is sensitive to development. This site, however, will not encroach further in to the countryside to the west than what is already established by development to the north and south. Therefore, out of all the potential options for development in the Southwold and Reydon area, this site is likely to have the least impact on development. The site is also located within convenient cycling and walking distance of services, shops and facilities in both Reydon and Southwold.

6.8 This large allocation provides a unique opportunity to secure land for the relocation of properties at risk (or already lost) from coastal erosion to a sustainable location. 7 plots (equal to those which have been lost since 2011) should be set aside for relocation. Owners of properties at risk from erosion are not obliged to take on these plots, they can use the benefits offered by Policy WLP8.26 to relocate elsewhere. If plots aren't taken up after a period of five years following the completion of the development the plots can be made available for the provision of affordable housing.

6.9 The impact on the landscape will need to be carefully considered in drawing up plans for the site. Given the sensitivity of the landscape, sufficient landscaping will be required in and around the site to help it integrate with the landscape and create an acceptable settlement edge. Therefore a lower density development of 20 dwellings per hectare which allows for landscaping and more spacing between detached buildings is considered appropriate.

6.10 The site is surrounded by mature trees and hedgerows, particularly along its southern edge, many of which are protected. Development proposals should retain existing trees and hedgerows both within and bordering the site, particularly along its southern and eastern boundaries. Where possible, development should enhance and strengthen local networks of trees and hedges, which will protect the landscape and local wildlife habitats.

6.11 To the south west of the site is Gorse Lodge which is a grade II listed building. The design of the development will need to respect the setting of this listed building as much as is practical.

6.12 The south west of Reydon suffers from a lack of open space and children's play areas. The site's location means that residential development would be outside of the catchment for local play spaces and open space. It is therefore important that residential development includes provision of an open space, which includes a neighbourhood equipped area for play. The space should be approximately 0.8 hectares in size and designed and located so as to be overlooked by surrounding properties to provide natural surveillance and be well landscaped to create an attractive space. The space should form an extension to the Barn Close play space which is currently not very well overlooked. A further smaller space of approximately 400sqm equivalent to a local area for play should be provided to the south of the site. 

Policy WLP6.1 - Land West of Copperwheat Avenue, Reydon

Land to the west of Copperwheat Avenue, Reydon (12.24 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 250 dwellings.

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

  • The site should be developed at a density of approximately 22 dwellings per hectare.
  • Development should respect the character of the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This includes planting trees and hedges to the west of the site and limiting the height of new dwellings to no more than two storeys.
  • A detailed landscaping scheme should be submitted with any planning application.
  • Development should retain existing trees and hedgerows that line the edge of the site.
  • Development should limit the impact upon the setting of Gorse Lodge, which is a Grade II listed building.
  • Development should include the provision of an open space of 0.8 hectares which includes a neighbourhood equipped area for play. The site should include appropriate landscaping and be located to act as an extension to the play space located off Barn Close. A smaller play space of 400sqm should be located to the south of the site.
  • Development should retain existing public rights of way that border the site to the south and west.
  • A Transport Assessment and Travel Plan should be submitted with any planning application.
  • 7 plots should be made available on the site for the relocation of properties under threat from coastal erosion. Development on these plots will only be permitted if:
    • The development replaces a permanent residential building which is affected by erosion within 20 years of the date of the proposal; and
    • The existing site is either cleared and made safe or put to a temporary use beneficial to the local community; or
    • The development is for affordable housing if the plot has not been used for the replacement of a dwelling at risk from erosion within a period of 5 years from the completion of the rest of the development.