Drayton is identified as an urban fringe parish in policy 7.1. There are good public transport links to Norwich along the Fakenham Road (A1067). Transport connectivity has also been recently improved by the opening of the Broadland Northway (A1270). There is a good range of local services mainly concentrated in the village centre, near the junctions of Drayton High Road with School Road and Costessey Lane. Drayton is located close to the River Wensum, itself designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and there are Sites of Special Scientific Interest as well. Away from the River Wensum, two county wildlife sites, Canham’s Hill and Drayton Woods, provide a landscape gap between Drayton and Hellesdon to the east and between Drayton and Horsford to the north. In recent decades Drayton has seen new development at Thorpe Marriott.
The Drayton Neighbourhood Plan was ‘made’ in July 2016 and covers the period to 2026. The vision for the Neighbourhood Plan is based on their desire to maintain the quality of life in their parish by preserving the balance between the built and green environment, improving negative elements of the built environment and infrastructure whilst developing and strengthening opportunities for the people of the parish, encouraging increased prosperity, and building up the facilities available to residents, and those that work there.
There are no additional site allocations identified in Drayton. However, there is one carried forward allocation for 250 homes and a total of 154 additional dwellings with planning permission on small sites. This gives a total deliverable housing commitment for Drayton of 404 homes between 2018 – 2038.
All 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.