Acle Neighbourhood Plan – Summary
The Vision is to ensure that Acle continues as a flourishing village and gateway to the Broads that maintains a strong sense of community whilst embracing a sustainable and prosperous future as a place where people choose to live, work and visit.
The Objectives are:
Community and leisure O1: To improve the ability of the village centre to be used for community events O2: To support enhanced education facilities for all age groups O3: To improve access to formal and informal sports and leisure provision.
- Policy 1 – support improvements to the area at Acle Bridge
- Policy 2 – reduce extent of highway in village centre, increase width of narrow pavements and increase green space
- Policy 3 – support upgrade and growth of Acle Academy and the provision of new sports facilities for students and the wider community
- Policy 4 – encourage provision of an enhanced replacement pre-school facility, containing two classrooms, better integrated with the primary school
Movement and transport O4: To improve conditions for walking and cycling from the village centre to the surrounding countryside 05: To reduce the dominance of the highway in the village centre O6: To support enhanced public transport infrastructure.
- Policy 5 – encourage new and improved footpaths, footways, cycleways and bridleways connecting Acle with surrounding villages and the countryside, including the improvement of the footway between Norwich Road and Mill Lane/ Acle Academy and improved footpath and cycleway adjacent to A1064 between Acle Bridge and the village
- Policy 6 – improve access to Wherry Line – encourage improvements to pedestrian and cycle access to the station and facilities at the station. Better signage, improved lighting and footpath surfacing, improved parking
- Policy 7 – reduce severance effect of A1064. Reduce speed limits and install pedestrian crossing
Business and employment O7: To protect and enhance provision of small traditional retail in the village centre O8: To ensure that employment sites are developed for an appropriate mix of employment uses O9: To improve the attractiveness of Acle for inward investment
- Policy 8 – encourage sensitive development of under-used brownfield sites for small scale mixed use activities such as retail, office and residential. Layout and design should enhance appearance of village centre, with adequate parking provision
- Policy 9 – encourage high quality, flexible employment space
Housing 010: To make sure any new housing development has an appropriate mix of affordable units O11: To make sure any new housing development includes an appropriate mix of units of different sizes for both young and old households O12: To make sure any new housing development is of the highest quality and reflects local and traditional architectural styles. This includes a requirement in all new housing developments for a minimum of one off-road parking space for one-bed homes and a minimum of two spaces for two- and three-bed homes.
- Policy 10 – new housing expected to integrate with existing areas and have regard to character of adjoining areas. Developers should design inclusive and mixed communities and consult and engage with local communities
- Policy 11 – in any new development, off road parking spaces shall be provided at a minimum of one space for one-bedroom dwellings and a minimum of two spaces for two-bedroom dwellings