The site is in the north of the city and is 0.18 hectares in size. Windmill Road links Sprowston Road and Templemere via a privately owned and unsurfaced track.
The site is surrounded by housing which is a mixture of 2 storey semi- detached housing and Victorian terraces. There are 3 storey flats adjacent to the north of the site. The site is in close proximity to the Sprowston Road/Shipfield local centre.
The site is close to a district centre with excellent public transport links. The mixed use development to the south of Windmill Road has recently seen completion of a food store and works have commenced on site to provide a small number of housing units.
The recent development of a food store on the adjacent site has enlarged and strengthened the Sprowston Road/Shipfield neighbourhood shopping centre and enabled its reclassification from a local to a district centre, so that it can better meet the area’s day to day needs for top-up shopping. Housing development will additionally aid regeneration and will benefit from its location close to the centre and the excellent public transport links.
Development proposals must address the site’s constraints. These include undertaking ground conditions and contamination surveys and an archaeological assessment.
The design of the development must take account of the differing land levels within the site, its sloping nature and on site trees.
Sprowston Road is part of the major road network and is a core bus route. A new access to Sprowston Road has been provided as a result of the implemented permission on the adjacent site. Linking in to this new access would enable Windmill Road to be retained as an un-surfaced track offering pedestrian and cycle friendly links to Anthony Drive and Templemere.
Assessment and protection of on-site trees will be required followed by a scheme of landscaping to enhance site linkages.
The site lies within a Critical Drainage Catchment as identified on the Policies map. Therefore development proposals involving new buildings, extensions and additional areas of hard surfacing should ensure that adequate and appropriate consideration has been given to mitigating surface water flooding in accordance with policy DM5.
The site is being actively promoted and is suitable for development. The site is in a single ownership.
POLICY R19: Land north of Windmill Road – housing development
Land north of Windmill Road is allocated for housing, in the region of 10 dwellings.
Development will be designed to:
- provide pedestrian access through the site to link Templemere with Windmill Road and vehicular access arrangements to serve the site by linking in to the new access provided through the development of the adjacent site for retailing;
- ensure a high standard of amenity for residents;
- protect and/or replace on site trees and provide a landscaping scheme and enhance site habitat linkages.
A surface water management assessment should be submitted with any application proposing development in accordance with this allocation. The assessment should show how the proposed development:
a) would not increase the vulnerability of the site, or the wider catchment, to flooding from surface water run-off from existing or predicted water flows, and;
b) would, wherever practicable, have a positive impact on the risk of surface water flooding in the wider area.