This site (0.22 hectares), previously in use by Norfolk County Council, contains a former school and outbuildings with parking areas. The site fronts both Hall Road and Hatton Road and is neighboured by housing to the south, west and north. To the east, on the other side of Hall Road, is Lakenham Reservoirs. This consists of covered reservoirs, a pumping station and detached buildings in a landscaped setting, identified as open space and a historic park/garden in the DM policies plan.
This part of Hall Road is mainly residential, with a local centre north of the site a park east of the reservoirs and two schools nearby.
The site is an accessible location for housing. It is close to a local centre and other local services and is on a bus route.
Design will have to take account of the neighbouring housing and trees and will need to retain the boundary wall. Demolition or conversion of existing buildings will be required and a contamination assessment and appropriate mitigation will be necessary.
The site is suitable and available for development within the plan period. It was previously allocated in the 2004 Replacement local plan. There is consent on the site for a total of 12 dwellings, 8 through conversion of the former school with 4 new build to the rear.
Policy R6: 138a Hall Road and land to the rear – housing development
The site of 0.22 hectares is allocated for housing development to provide in the region of 10 dwellings.