Acle is identified as a key service centre under policy 7.3. Acle has a range of services and facilities, including a secondary school, a primary school, a small range of shops, library and bus/rail links to Norwich and Great Yarmouth. There is also limited local employment and connections to strategic employment options, although the village does have the potential to generate some additional employment by increasing its role as a gateway location to the Broads.
Acle Neighbourhood Plan was ‘made’ in February 2015 and covers the period to 2026. The vision for the Acle Neighbourhood Plan is to ensure that Acle continues as a flourishing village and gateway to the Broads that maintains a strong sense of community whilst embracing a sustainable and prosperous future as a place where people choose to live, work and visit.
There are two sites allocated in Acle, together providing for 340 new homes. There are also carried forward allocations with consent for a total of 170 homes plus an additional 30 dwellings with planning permission on small sites. This gives a total deliverable housing commitment for Acle of 540 homes between 2018 – 2038.
All new and carried forward allocations are expected to address standard requirements associated with development. These vary from place to place but are likely to include mitigations for flood risk (as well as SUDs), highways improvements, safeguarding of minerals resources, land remediation, measures to protect the environment, biodiversity, and landscape intrusion.