Hingham is identified as a key service centre under policy 7.3. Local services within Hingham include a primary school, GP practice, community buildings, employment opportunities and a food shop. Hingham is well served by public transport connecting to Wymondham and Norwich.
Hingham stands on a low ridge separating the Blackwater valley to the north and the low-lying area of Hall Moor to the south. It has an attractive centre of significant historic and architectural value based around the open areas of The Fairland and Market Place and overlooked by the church which dominates the skyline from distant views. As such, the development boundary excludes the wooded grounds of The Rectory, St Andrews Church and churchyard, the grounds of St Andrews Lodge and The Fairland, as these areas make an important contribution to the character of the town.
Two sites are allocated providing for at least 100 new homes in the key service centre (one for 80 homes, one for 20 homes). There are no carried forward residential allocations and a total of 20 additional dwellings with planning permission on small sites. This gives a total deliverable housing commitment for the key service centre of 120 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.