The former public house on this site of 0.14 hectares was demolished in 2005 and the site has been vacant since.
This site is at the busy junction of the A 1074 Dereham Road and Bowthorpe Roads, with housing to its north and west. Earlham Cemetery, a significant open space, historic park and County Wildlife Site, is opposite to its south.
Development of this brownfield site will enable new housing to be provided in a sustainable location in a mainly residential area on the Dereham Road bus rapid transit route.
Design of the development should have regard to the prominent position in the townscape at this busy junction. It must be designed to make best use of this triangular site, have safe access at a major road junction, maximise private amenity space and must minimise road traffic noise for future residents.
Given the sites proximity to the neighbouring Earlham Cemetery it must also enhance the setting of this space, which is part of a green corridor identified in the Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan and provides local cycle routes.
Vehicular access should be from Bowthorpe Road in the southwest corner of the site.
The site is suitable and available for development within the plan period. This site currently has planning permission for 12 housing units.
POLICY R33: Site at former Earl of Leicester Public House, 238 Dereham Road – housing development
The site of 0.14 hectares is allocated for housing development to provide in the region of 12 dwellings.
The development will be designed to:
- make best use of the site’s prominent position;
- enhance the setting of the neighbouring Earlham Cemetery;
- mitigate the impact of road traffic noise on future residents. A noise assessment will be required;
- provide amenity space for future residents;
- provide safe access to neighbouring major roads.