30 June 2017

David Kirk has contacting Karen O’Kane, Programme Director for BbfN, about the status of plans for broadband services for the village. This is a summary of their exchanges.

The Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) website has a map with coloured dots indicating broadband status. It indicates plans for every postcode in the county. Unfortunately it is not completely accurate for Wreningham (note that such status information will usually be an approximation as postcode areas do not always map directly to BT’s physical network). Karen O’Kane says the coding errors in the dots on the Wreningham part of the BBfN map will be corrected “during the next quarterly update” in September. This won’t of itself bring about an improvement in service but at least it will show a more accurate status for the village.

An alternative guide to progress on Superfast is available on the Openreach website (note you may need to use a browser other than a “Google” to get it to work). This gives a detailed property by property listing for both current availability and future plans. The site is interactive so simply type either your phone number, or your postcode and select your own address from the drop-down list.

Hethel Road and Glebe Close: to be linked to the green BT cabinet by the school. Karen O’Kane reaffirms the “by the end of the year” target – whilst not being clear whether this is a calendar year (ends in December) or a business year (ends in March). This should give access an improved service.

Superfast broadband performance falls off with the distance from the BT cabinet. Thus, after the “end of the year” work, the majority of homes in the postcode NR16 1BB (north of the 30mph sign in Hethel Road) will, she says, “not have access to speeds above 15Mbps”. Hence this postcode will continue to show up as a red dot on the BBfN map implying no further plans etc., but the majority of areas of Hethel Road should show varying levels of improvement.

Norwich Road near Top Row: a few properties are being shown on the Openreach website as potentially being provided with direct Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) broadband as part of an Openreach infill scheme – although no timescales are given. This could see these properties able to access in excess of 200 Mbps at some point in the future.

14 March 2017:

We received this briefing by the BBfN Programme Director which was delivered to a meeting recently. It describes some of the UK Policy relating to Broadband roll out in the country. It includes advice for domestic users – Digital Briefing Note for Public Distribution.

8 March 2017:

To bring you the next chapter in the Broadband story for Wreningham…

The Parish Council wrote to BetterBroadbandforNorfolk (BBfN): letter to BBfN . We received this reply which has interest for a number of residents: BBfN response to WPC

In the meantime, you may have seen reference to Wreningham in your copy of The Link which is now available in the village. The Parish Council is to receive funding via our County and District Councillors to implement an improved broadband service centred in the Village Hall. It is not designed to address the broadband problems being experienced by a number of residents in their homes. It is an interim measure to give access to Superfast Broadband to the community as a whole. This is expected to provide wi-fi broadband with 70+Mbs download and 15Mbs upload speeds. It will be accessible when you are in proximity of the village hall.

Once it is up and running, the Parish Council would like to receive your comments on the service.

Applicant: Mr John Mcilwham
Location: High House Farm  Wymondham Road Wreningham NR16 1AY
Proposal: Erection of dovecote on gable end of property
Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line. If you want to comment on this planning application please send your comments to South Norfolk Council by 22 June 2017 at:

South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE
Tel 01508 533780 ; planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk

Applicant: Mrs J McIntyre
Location: Beech Tree Cottage , Top Row, Wreningham NR16 1AR
Proposal: Conservatory to rear

Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line at

If you want to comment on this planning application please send your comments to South Norfolk Council by 2 January 2017 at:

South Norfolk House
Cygnet Court
Long Stratton
NR15 2XE
Tel 01508 533780

The Parish Council has received details of a planning application:

Applicant: Mr & Mrs Frederick & Gillian Page
Location: Snowdrop House  Top Row Wreningham NR16 1AR
Proposal: Variation of condition 2 permission 2012/2314/H (Proposed extensions with associated alterations, to include demolition of existing garage) – changing the position of the parking and turning area to the front and eastern side of the property.

Comments are required at South Norfolk Council by 25 November 2016.

Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line at

The Parish Council has received the first newsletter for Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm. This will be sited some 120 kilometres off the North Norfolk coast. The consent application will be made in 2018 with work commencing in 2022.

The newsletter contains the information about the Project, recent activities and details about how you can engage with them. If you wish to receive the newsletter, or would prefer a physical copy, please email them at contact@hornsea-project-three.co.uk.


This Parish falls within the Consultation Zone. This Zone aligns with area in which they are surveying for installation sites for their power lines and associated equipment. See the newsletter for the consultation events in October/November and for contact details.

The Planning Application relating to the 2 house development on Church Road (next to The Old Rectory) has been revised and copies of the amended plan(s)/additional information can be view online at the SNC website.

If you have any comments to make please email your views to planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk or comment online at www.south-norfolk.gov.uk before 25 October 2016.

SNC’s planning officer’s letter is here: 2016/1569 letter

SNC has written to the Parish Council and has asked us to ensure that Wreningham-based individuals who might be interested are made aware of this notice and opportunity. Please tell anyone who you think could have an interest about this notice.

Three affordable homes are expected to be completed early in 2017:

  • 1 one bedroom house for rent
  • 1 one bedroom house for shared equity
  • 1 two bedroom house for shared equity

The planning consent includes a S106 Agreement which gives priority to local people in the following order:

  1. Residents Wreningham who have lived in this parish of a total of at least 3 of the last 10 years
  2. Former residents of Wreningham who lived in this parish for at least 3 of the last 10 years
  3. Residents of Wreningham who have lived in this parish or the neighbouring parishes of Ashwellthorpe, Hapton, Flordon and Bracon Ash for the last 3 years or more
  4. People working in Wreningham and have done so for the last year or more for at least 10 hours each week
  5. Residents of the neighbouring parishes of Ashwellthorpe, Hapton, Flordon and Bracon Ash who have lived in one or more of those parishes (or the parish of Wreningham) for the last 3 years or more
  6. Residents Wreningham who have lived in this parish for less than 3 years
  7. Residents of the neighbouring parishes of Ashwellthorpe, Hapton, Flordon and Bracon Ash who have lived in those parishes (or the parish of Wreningham) for less than 3 years
  8. Residents of South Norfolk
  9. Any other person.

The 1 Bedroom House for Rent

This home will be acquired by Saffron Housing Trust, and will be suitable for local people in a wide range of circumstances, including a single person or a couple seeking their first home. We expect that shortly before completion the house will be made available by Saffron Housing Trust through an advert on the South Norfolk HomeOptions system.  It may be advertised before the end of 2016.

Anyone already on the South Norfolk Housing Register will need to express their interest (‘bid’) through the South Norfolk ‘HomeOptions’ website www.snhomeoptions.org.uk

Other interested residents who are not on the Housing Register should contact the Housing Advice Service at South Norfolk Council to join the Housing Register (‘HomeOptions’).  They will need to provide proof of residency or working qualification criteria and other verification details.  During the week that the properties are advertised on the HomeOptions system people will need to actively apply ‘(bid’) for them, and the Council’s Housing Officers will provide details of how to do this. For further information telephone for free on 0808 168 2222.

The Shared Equity Houses

The developers will be marketing these houses directly, and intend to publicise them locally.  Mr Keith Mitchell (see below) will be involved to ensure compliance with the local connection requirements. Shared equity operates in the following way:

  • The purchaser buys a long lease for 75% of the equity for 75% of the market value.
  • Saffron Housing Trust acquires the lease from the developer.
  • No rent (or a nominal rent – often £1 per annum) is payable.
  • After 5 years the purchaser has the right to buy the remaining 25% of the equity, but there is no obligation to do so.

The SNC contact is:
Keith Mitchell
Housing Enabling and Strategy Officer
t 01508 533756 e kmitchell@s-norfolk.gov.uk

The Parish Council has received notification of planning application 2016/2171. Comments from the public need to be received at SNC by 10 October 2016 – Tel: 01508 533780 or email: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk

Applicant: Mr Michael McGregor
Location: The Old Homestead Top Row Wreningham Norfolk NR16 1AR
Proposal: Replacement of 3 rotten windows on dormer (X 2) and ground floor kitchen window (x 1)

The planning application can be viewed on-line here