Halesworth and Holton.

Planning sites on which the district council is eliciting views of local people


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Criteria for making appraisals of sites


1 To improve the health of the population overall (1)
2 To maintain and improve levels of education and skills in the population overall (1)
3 To reduce crime and anti-social activity (0)
4 To reduce poverty and social exclusion (1)
5 To improve access to key services for all sections of the populations (26)
6 To offer everybody the opportunity for rewarding and satisfying employment (4)
7 To meet the housing requirements of the whole community (26)
8 To improved the quality of where people live and to encourage a sense of community identity and welfare (2)
9 To maintain, and where possible improve, water and air quality ((0)
10 To conserve soil resources and quality (4)
11 To use water and mineral resources efficiently and re-use and recyle where possible (1)
12 To reduce waste (1)
13 To reduce the effects of traffic on the environment (22)
14 To reduce contributions to climate change (2)
15 To reduce vulnerability to climatic events (27)
16 To conserve and enhance biodiversity (0)
17 To conserve and where appropriate enhance areas of historical and archaeological importance (26)
18 To conserve and enhance the quality and local distinctiveness of landscapes and townscapes (1)
19 To achieve sustainable levels of prosperiity and economic growth throughout the plan area (5)
20 To revitalise town centres (1)
21 To encourage efficient patterns of movement in support of economic growth (4)
22 To encourage and accommodate both indigenouis and inward investement (3)
23 Would development in this location comply with the settlement strategy set out in the preferred option Core Strategy? (4)

A total of 33 sites (4 in Rumburgh; 75% provisionally allocated for housing) were included in the appraisals which involved evaluating the impact of the development of each site in relation to each of the above 23 criteria of sustainable development. The following six value jugements were applied to categorise each site according to its impact:-

Major positive; Minor positive; Minor negative; Major negative; Neutral effect; Uncertain effect.

The total number of assessments that would be positive (major and minor) was 162 out of a possible maximum of 759. The positive effects of development for each criterion of sustainability are given in brackets in the above list. Only 18 of the assessments were classed as 'major positive'.

The distribution of likely positive outcomes of development for the 33 sites is shown in the following diagram.

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Six sites had six or more positive outcomes. With reference to the above map, these sites were
95; land west of Broadway
97; Broadway Farm
100; Halesworth Green, Saxon Way
113; Land between Thoroughfare and Saxon Way
118; Holton Sawmills, Sandy Lane
120;Holton Sparrowhawk Lane.




Site options for Halesworth and Holton

Map ref.
Site allocation
Suggested use
N. of homes
94
Dairy Farm off Saxon Way
Allocated for housing-alternative suggested use of retail
58
95
Land west of Broadway Drive
Industrial

96
27 Market Place
Housing
20
97
Broadway Farm west of A144
Housing and industrial
289
98
Broadway east of A144
Housing
30
99
Dairy Hill playing Fields
Housing
100
100
Halesworth Green Saxon's Way
Affordable housing and work units
80
101
Holton Rd Garden Centre
Housing and open space (plus existing garden centre and farm shop)
33
102
Lands to east of Dairy Hill Playing Fields
Housing
86
103
Land to east of Halesworth Middle School (Harrison's Lane)
Housing
47
104
Land to east of New Reach
Building such as an alternative energy centre

105
Land to east of Saxon's Way
Housing and community hall/council office
28
106
Land to south of Harrison's Lane
Housing
166
107
Land to west of Halesworth
Housing
741
108
Land to west of Norwich Rd
Housing
105
109
Land to west of Roman Way
Housing
130
110
Off Hill Farm Rd- phase 1
Housing
80
111
Off Hill Farm Rd- phase 2
Housing
160
112
Off Hill Farm Rd-public access to strategic gap
Publicly accessible strategic gap

113
Land between Thoroughfare and Saxon's Way
Retail or community facility (NB site has permission for retail)

114
Land off Chediston,St Church Farm
Housing
120
115
Sparrowhawk Way
Playing fields and sports provision

116
Land off Lodge Rd/Bungay Rd
Playhing fields and sports provision at Sparrowhawk Way plus housing and village green
50
117
Holton
Bernard Mathews Ltd (former airfield)
3900
118
Holton Sawmills, Sandy Lane
Housing or mixed use (housing and business)
32
119
Land to west of Moores Cottages, Upper Holton
Affordable housing
6
120
Holton, Sparrowhawk Rd
Industrial

121
Holton, Rosemount, Bungay Rd
Housing
18
122
Holton, Land at Bungay Rd
Housing
85

The council's summary of their planning assessment was:

"The suggested sites with the most positive impacts on Sustainability Appraisal objectives are those closest to the centre of Halesworth. These are within easy access of the services and facilities in the town centre and bus services to larger towns, so the need for car travel is minimised. This makes them generally suitable for the suggested uses of housing, community facilities or retail. However, some sites have flood risk issues and/or impacts on archaeological sites, which should not be overlooked. Suggested housing sites in Rumburgh and the countryside have reduced access to schools and other facilities compared to sites nearer to Halesworth and Holton.

A number of suggested sites are located in the strategic gap between Holton and Halesworth. These could have a negative impact on the open character of the landscape if developed, causing the 2 settlements to coalesce.

The suggested sports field site at Sparrowhawk Way, Holton, would have social benefites, by improving facilites and opportunities for sport in the area. However, once the site is located outside of the built-up area, traffic couild be generated and greenfield land would be lost".