Rackheath is identified as an urban fringe parish in policy 7.1, and is within an area identified for significant development as part of the (OSRT) Old Catton, Sprowston, Rackheath, Thorpe St Andrew Growth Triangle Area Action Plan. Existing major residential-led developments total approximately 3,500 homes. Currently, in form and character, Rackheath is a triangular shaped village consisting of 20th century housing that has mainly developed either side of the Salhouse Road. Current facilities in the village include a primary school, a local shop and post office, a pub and a village hall. There is also local employment opportunity stemming from Rackheath Industrial Estate that is located to the north-west of the village off Green Lane West. Further to the north the A1151 Wroxham Road runs through the parish. Also, a significant recent change, both in landscape setting and transport connectivity, is the opening of the A1270 Broadland Northway. The route of which divides the main part of the village from Rackheath Hall (and its parkland).
Rackheath Neighbourhood Plan was ‘made’ in July 2017 and covers the period to 2037. The vision for the Neighbourhood Plan is that by 2037 Rackheath will be a small attractive rural town with a village feel, developed in a way that is sensitive to its rural location and heritage. It will have a strong and vibrant resident community and thriving local businesses. There will be an excellent range of services and facilities with good connections within Rackheath and between other settlements. It will be a place where people want to live, work and get involved, now and for future generations.
There are two site allocations identified in Rackheath for housing providing for approx. 220 new homes. There are two additional dwellings with planning permission on small sites. This gives a total deliverable housing commitment for Rackheath of 222 homes between 2018 – 2038 in this plan.
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.