Waveney Local Plan

Rumburgh Strategy and Site Allocations

Population: 328     Dwellings: 131

Primary School
GP surgery
Public house
Food Shop

Post Office

Meeting place


Figure 32 - Strategic site allocations in Rumburgh
171 Strategic Site Allocations Rumburgh

7.157 Rumburgh is a small rural community located in the west of the District, an area characterised by small dispersed settlements and a strong rural character. The settlement is focused around two areas linked by linear development along The Street. The larger of the two areas supports a public house and an equipped play area while a cricket pitch is located south of the village. These facilities support nearby communities in a relatively quiet part of the District. The existing road network is able to support a limited amount of development, however, residents are reliant on vehicles to access services and facilities in Halesworth.

7.158 A limited amount of residential development in Rumburgh will help maintain the population of the village and support the local public house. To accommodate growth in the village localised improvements to the foul sewerage network will be required. 

Land Adjacent Mill Bungalow, Rumburgh

Residential development

7.159 The site (1.40 hectares) is located in the west part of the village. The site is used for agriculture and can be accessed from The Street and Mill Road. 

7.160 This is the only allocation in Rumburgh. The west part of the village is very rural in character and low levels of development are expected to come forward during the plan period. This site provides an opportunity to deliver a limited amount of housing in a rural location which will help consolidate the village and provide a central amenity area to complement the playing field.

7.161 The adjacent residential area has a housing density of approximately 10 dwellings per hectare. The rural location and size of the village means that a similar density should be achieved on this site. This lower density should not be achieved at the expense of the provision of smaller properties on the site. Adequate space should be given to landscaping and front and rear gardens. Landscaping should retain the sense of openness in this part of the village and include the provision of an amenity space in the north west corner of the site, at a prominent road junction. Adjacent the north east corner of the recreation area are the Pleasure Ground Cottages. These buildings are Grade II listed. While most of the development in the immediate surroundings is modern the recreation area contributes towards the setting of these listed buildings. Open space on the north west corner of the site will therefore further benefit the setting of the area and the village more generally.

7.162 The site is exposed to the east. To reduce the potential for a prominent settlement edge exposed to the open countryside a landscaping scheme will be required. Hedgerows are present along the boundaries of the site and should be protected and reinforced where possible. This will help retain the low density rural character of the village. 

Policy WLP7.18 - Land Adjacent Mill Bungalow, Rumburgh

Land adjacent Mill Bungalow, Rumburgh (1.40 hectares) as identified on the Policies Map is allocated for residential development of 12 dwellings.

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

  • The site will be developed at a density of approximately 9 dwellings per hectare.
  • Any proposal is to provide a mix of housing sizes. The size of the building footprint relative to the size of the plot should reflect development located along The Street.
  • Any proposal should be designed to include a landscaped amenity space at the north west of the site fronting onto the road opposite the existing play area. This is to be supported with quality landscaping within the site.
  • Hedgerows and trees located along the boundaries of the site should be protected and reinforced with additional planting where possible. A landscaping scheme will be required to support any planning application.
  • A planning condition relating to archaeological investigation will be attached to any planning permission.