Waveney Local Plan

Strategy for Rural Areas

New homes in rural areas


Homes Built 2014-2017


Existing Housing Commitments[1]


Homes allocated in Local Plan expected to be delivered in plan period


Total Growth 2014-2036



7.1 The strategy for the rural areas is to deliver approximately 12% of the District's housing growth, supported by infrastructure, small scale employment, and retail and leisure development. Rural communities, like their urban counterparts, are dynamic in the sense they reflect historical patterns of development, are often well linked through social networks and as the population and technology change over time so do the needs and aspirations of these settlements. In recent years there has been limited development in the rural parts of the District.

7.2 New housing development in rural settlements will primarily be delivered through housing allocations (494 dwellings). These will be supplemented with sites that come forward that have not been allocated but may comply with other policies in the Local Plan. These are referred to as 'windfall sites'. The Rural Settlement Hierarchy sets out the framework for the distribution of new residential development while the District-Wide Strategic Planning Policies set out in Section 8 will guide the decision making process for these types of proposals. The District-Wide Strategic Planning Policies will support and facilitate non-residential development such as proposals for employment, retail and leisure in rural areas.

1. Sites with planning permission or on Local Development Framework allocations which are expected to complete before 2036. [back]