Background & principle of development
The site is part of a wider adopted Local Plan allocation for development, identified as ‘Policy COS 1 Land West of Lodge Farm’ in the South Norfolk Site Specific Allocations and Policies Document (2015).
The original planning application for 495 dwellings, associated infrastructure, open space and allotments was approved in April 2014 by South Norfolk Council. As well as detailed consent for the housing, outline planning permission was granted for a single form entry school, small convenience store and sports pavilion. The scheme was varied in 2016 and 2018 to replan parts of the site.
In 2018, Norfolk County Council (the Education Authority) confirmed that the school reserve site was no longer needed due to local school reorganisation and they did not want the land transferred to them. The site is therefore retained by the developer and is now available for residential development.
After 2 years of marketing returned no interest from national convenience store operators or viable investors, the site which had been reserved for the local shop is now no longer needed and is considered suitable for residential development.
The Pavilion remains part of our plans and a detailed planning application for the new building is currently being worked up.