Planning Policy

SiteProposals 2018Sites offered for development in 2018

In 2014,  South Norfolk Council published its Local Plan.  The plan suggested that 10 to 20 houses should be built in LM over the next 10 years.   The development at Ringwood Close provided 20 houses, 6 of which were 'affordable'.  Subsequent developments at Limes Close and All Saints (each of 30 houses) were allowed because there was judged to be a shortfall in the housing supply for the Greater Norwich Development Area.   Recently,  a planning inspector overruled SNC and gave permission for 30 more houses to be built south of School Lane because the inspector considered that there was still a shortfall in the housing supply.   So 110 houses will be built in LM instead of the 20 that were planned.

In 2018, landowners offered the sites shown here, for development.  More sites have subsequently been offered.   These sites are all outside the current Settlement Boundary. Because the Parish Boundary has changed, the Settlement Boundary for Hethersett is also relevant.  LM Parish Council is guided by the 2006 Parish Plan, in which residents stated that they did not want development outside of the settlement boundary and the PC has objected to all recent applications to build outside of the boundary.   The planning system works on precedent and the PC has to be consistent in its approach.   It can only make an exception if it can demonstrate that there is a material planning reason why a development would benefit the parish (such as a Doctor's surgery or an improvement to the street scene etc).   The personal circumstances of the applicant are not considered to be a material planning consideration - buildings last for hundreds of years and permission can never be removed.  Given that there is currently planning permission to build a further 30 houses in LM and that many hundreds are being built nearby,  the PC does not consider that there is a housing shortage.

Clearly there are people who would like the current Settlement Boundary to be extended.   The GNLP is currently being updated for the period up to 2036 and we expect to soon be told how many houses will be allocated to LM.  At that point, people will have the opportunity to comment on the plan and suggest where they would like to see further development.

Dong Wind farm Cable and the Consequences for Little Melton

Dong wish to build a new windfarm in the North Sea and National Grid want it to connect to the substation at Mangreen; this requires Dong to construct an 80m wide cable corridor from near Cromer to the substation.  In order to minimise transmission losses the cable should follow the shortest route.  The cables will be buried 1.2m underground in 6 trenches about 8m apart (could be 0.7m where there are obstructions).  Dong have been planning the route for several years and are proposing the route shown below through Little Melton - the purple area shows a possible alternate route.

Read more: Dong Wind farm Cable and the Consequences for Little Melton

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