Waveney Local Plan

Replacement Dwellings and Extensions in the Countryside

8.49 Existing dwellings in the countryside contribute towards the range of dwelling types and sizes required to support a diverse community. Many of these make an important contribution towards the rural character of an area and it is important this is protected. However, housing needs to be adaptable to meet changing requirements of family life. It is recognised that there is some need for the replacement or extension of existing dwellings and this is a form of development in the Countryside that may be allowed as an exception to normal policies of control.

8.50 Policy WLP8.9 seeks to ensure that replacement dwellings and extensions to existing dwellings are of an appropriate scale, siting and design to not adversely affect the setting of the dwelling and wider countryside. Proposals should also be considered against the Natural and Built Environment policies of this Local Plan (Policies WLP8.32 to WLP8.38). To avoid isolated new homes in the Countryside, dwellings to be replaced must have been last used for residential purposes and have not been abandoned. 

Policy WLP8.9 - Replacement Dwellings and Extensions in the Countryside

Proposals for the replacement of an existing dwelling in the countryside with a new dwelling will be permitted where:

  • The existing dwelling is not a building of architectural or historical value which makes a positive contribution to the locality;
  • There is no increase in the number of dwelling units;
  • It can be demonstrated the property was last used for residential purposes and has not been abandoned; and
  • The replacement dwelling is of a scale and design which is sensitive to its countryside setting, with its height being similar to that of the original dwelling.

Proposals for the extension of dwellings in the countryside will be permitted where:

  • They are in keeping with the height, scale and character of the original dwelling and will not adversely affect the character and appearance of the building, the plot of land on which it is located and the rural setting;
  • The proposed extension is considered along with the cumulative impact of existing extensions on the original dwelling.

Extensions to converted agricultural buildings which detract from the original form and character of the building will not be supported.