This site of 0.29 hectares is presently occupied by a single storey former school, most recently used as a pupil referral unit, and its grounds. The buildings are currently in use as a studio for the performing arts. The site also includes neighbouring garages.
The Aylsham Road is to the west of the site, with housing on the other sides of the site. Bertie Road is at the rear of the site. Access to the adjoining garages is via Penn Grove to the south.
Development of this site will bring a redundant site back into use; housing development is suitable on this brownfield site located within a predominantly residential area.
Development should take account of the site’s constraints which include access, noise from the road and trees on the front forecourt and within the site which are suitable for retention.
Given its location, this site has the potential for strategic impact on the inner and outer ring road, core bus routes and the bus rapid transit routes. Development of the site must facilitate and not prejudice implementation of these key NATS measures.
Direct access onto Aylsham Road should be avoided; limited access should be via Bertie Road. This might be limited in extent due to visibility issues and an assessment of use of this access will be required. Alternative access is also achievable from Penn Grove and use of this space will involve removal of garages and rationalisation of parking provision within part of this space. Consideration should be given to using part of this space for on-site parking provision.
The Victorian school building has local significance and as such is considered to be a heritage asset of some conservation value. Therefore consideration should be given to its retention and conversion as part of comprehensive redevelopment of the site.
The site is allocated for housing development, to provide a minimum of 11 dwellings. The development should be designed to minimise noise for residents from the Aylsham Road. Design should take account of the trees to the front of the site and be positioned set back from the road to suit townscape arrangements of building lines.
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 suitable and available for development within the plan period.
POLICY R23: Former Pupil Referral Unit, Aylsham Road – housing development
The site of 0.29 hectares is allocated for housing development for a minimum of 11 dwellings.
The development will:
- convert the Victorian school building for residential uses, if practicable, forming part of a comprehensive development of the site;
- protect trees on site and enhance the landscape setting of the site; and
- be designed to mitigate the impact of noise for future residents from the Aylsham Road.
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.