Waveney Local Plan

New Employment development

8.66 The Local Plan identifies and allocates 58.5 hectares of land for employment uses. It is expected that most of this land will be developed over the lifetime of the Local Plan. However, given the uncertainty over land requirements there is a need for flexibility to allow additional land to come forward for the development of employment premises where there is a need.

8.67 Policy WLP8.13 allows new employment development adjacent to Existing Employment Areas for new and expanding businesses. The Policy requires it to be demonstrated that there is an additional need for the employment development over and above the needs identified in the Local Plan or there is no suitable land available within existing employment areas, existing employment allocations or within settlement boundaries. In demonstrating an additional need, evidence submitted with a planning application should provide information on latest economic forecasts or bespoke forecasts for the relevant sector. The evidence of need should also justify the locational requirements for the development. In demonstrating there is no suitable land within Existing Employment Areas, allocations or within the settlement boundary, a review of land and premises available will be required together with evidence of the specific locational requirements of the proposed development. The review of land and premises availability should assess whether the alternative land or premises are suitable (with regard to specific locational requirements), available (the landowner is willing to sell at market value) and achievable (whether the alternative land is viable to develop).

8.68 Proposals adjacent to existing employment areas will be considered carefully against the natural and historic environment policies in this Local Plan (Policies WLP8.32/8.33/8.34/8.35/8.36).  

Policy WLP8.13 - New Employment Development

Proposals for new employment development falling within use classes B1, B2 and B8 will be permitted within Existing Employment Areas.

Proposals for new employment development falling within use classes B1, B2 and B8 outside of Existing Employment Areas but within Settlement Boundaries will be permitted where it would not have an impact on surrounding land uses.

Proposals for new employment development falling within use classes B1, B2 and B8 will be permitted adjacent to Existing Employment Areas and outside of Settlement Boundaries where it would not have an impact on surrounding land uses and where:

  • An additional need for employment development has been demonstrated; or
  • There is no land available within Existing Employment Areas, existing employment allocations or within settlement boundaries to accommodate the proposal.