Waveney Local Plan

Residential Annexes in the Countryside

8.51 The National Planning Policy Framework seeks to avoid isolated new homes in the Countryside and Policy WLP1.3 restricts new residential development in the Countryside. Residential annexes, can sometimes be regarded as new dwellings and therefore are subject to these policies of restraint.

8.52 Waveney has an ageing population which will mean increasing numbers of people will need to benefit from care. The provision of an annex to a house can allow an elderly or dependant relative to live with some degree of independence whilst benefiting from care and support from relatives. It is therefore important to specifically allow for the provision of annexes in the Countryside. However, there is a risk that the provision of annexes in the Countryside could harm the character of the rural area and increase pressure for the annex to be let or sold as an individual dwelling in the future. To avoid this Policy WLP8.10 supports the provision of annexes in the Countryside where they form an extension to an existing dwelling or involve the conversion of an existing outbuilding. The policy also allows for a detached annex providing it is situated in such a location which would remove the possibility of it being let or sold as an individual dwelling in the future.

Policy WLP8.10 - Residential Annexes in the Countryside

In the Countryside residential annexes will only be permitted where:

  • The annex forms an extension to the existing dwelling; or
  • The annex involves the conversion of an existing outbuilding; or
  • The annex involves the construction of a detached building which does not front a highway and is close enough to the rear elevation which would remove the possibility of the annex being used as an independent dwelling in the future.
  • Residential annexes must be designed to reflect the character and setting of the original dwelling.