Hellesdon is identified as an urban fringe parish under policy 7.1. Away from the River Wensum Valley much of the parish is already built up. There is a good range of local facilities and public transport to Norwich City Centre. Amongst the existing planning permissions is redevelopment of the Royal Norwich Golf Club for up to 1,000 homes. There are long-term proposals to redevelop parts of the Hellesdon Hospital site as well. To the west of the parish are the environmental designations associated to the River Wensum, which is a Special Area of Conservation, as well as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Between the built edges of Hellesdon and Drayton, Canham’s Hill and Drayton Wood (County Wildlife Sites) form important landscape features. Constraints to the north-east of the parish include the designated safety zone and associated noise implications relating to Norwich International Airport. Notably, much of the greenfield land north of Hellesdon is within the parish boundary of Horsford.
Hellesdon Neighbourhood Plan was ‘made’ in December 2017 and covers the period to 2026. The vision for the Hellesdon Neighbourhood Plan is to be a green, peaceful and friendly suburb for people of all ages with a good range of community facilities; one step from a vibrant city and one step from the Norfolk countryside.
There are no additional site allocations for housing identified in Hellesdon. However, there are two carried forward allocations providing open space, burial ground, employment land and a total of 1,300 homes plus a total of 51 additional dwellings with planning permission on smaller sites. This gives a total deliverable housing commitment for Hellesdon of 1,351 homes between 2018 – 2038.
All site 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.