Blofield village is defined as a key service centre under policy 7.3. Services include a primary school, shop, doctor’s surgery, village hall, library, and public house. In this chapter, Blofield refers to the village, and deals with sites located south of the A47; sites located north of the A47 have been counted as Blofield Heath and Hemblington village cluster and are covered in the Broadland Village Clusters section (NB, the figure of 353 homes quoted in the strategy refers to Blofield parish as a whole including Blofield Heath but not Hemblington).
The Blofield Neighbourhood Plan was ‘made’ in July 2016 and covers the period to 2036. The vision for the neighbourhood plan is for the nature and character of the rural village to be preserved and retained, in order to meet various needs of residents, contribute to a high quality of life and provide opportunity and choice. This will be achieved in ways that make effective use of natural resources, enhance the environment, promote social inclusion and supports the local economy.
In Blofield Key Service Centre, there is one site allocated providing for 15 new homes. There is also one carried forward allocation BLO1 for 163 homes and a total of 138 dwellings with planning permission on other sites. This gives a total deliverable housing commitment for Blofield of 316 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.