The catchment of Hemblington Primary School brings Blofield Heath and Hemblington into a village cluster under policy 7.4. The school has spare capacity and is not landlocked.
It is considered that due to the high levels of existing commitment in Blofield parish as a whole approximately 12-20 new homes are appropriate for the Blofield Heath cluster. Services in the wider parish of Blofield include a primary school, village hall, food shop, public transport and a doctor’s surgery.
Blofield Heath is covered by the made Blofield Neighbourhood Plan which covers the same area as that of the Blofield parish boundary. The Plan was made in July 2016 and covers the period to 2036. It contains a series of policies that look to shape development within the neighbourhood area. There are policies within the plan that will be of relevance to development and any applications that are submitted for development within the parish should have due regard to those policies.
The figure of 353 quoted in the strategy refers to Blofield parish as a whole including Blofield Heath (but not Hemblington). In the settlement chapters, Blofield sites located south of the A47 have been counted in Blofield Key Service Centre; sites located north of the A47 have been counted in the Blofield Heath and Hemblington village cluster.
In Blofield Heath and Hemblington, one site is identified as a new housing allocation, providing for 20 new homes in the cluster. There is one carried forward allocation for 36 homes (BLO5) and a total of 39 additional dwellings with planning permission on small sites. This gives a total deliverable housing commitment for the cluster of 95 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.