Following on from the successful promotion of a solar farm at Ellough near Beccles, DLP Planning Ltd has also promoted an urban extension scheme for land adjoining Beccles to provide for almost 1,000 dwellings as well as local sports, recreation and other community facilities.
The land lies inside the line of the proposed Beccles Southern Bypass, which is due for construction in 2017. The strategy for the promotion of the development commenced with formal representations to the ‘Call for Sites’ issued by Waveney District Council, ahead of an initial round of consultations on the Issues and Options for a new Waveney Local Plan.
Demographic analysis was conducted by DLP’s Strategic Planning and Research Unit (SPRU), including a review of housing need and supply. This identified a potentially significant increase in the need for housing in the District, with Beccles being both a sustainable development location and the largest of the market towns outside of Lowestoft and also within easy reach of the District’s main employment area(s) at Ellough, including the Enterprise Zone focused on the energy industry.
Public consultation is a key element of the promotion, and initial meetings with the local community and an exhibition of the principles underpinning the project has been undertaken. Positive dialogue with the Council has also been established as a precursor to developing the scheme.