The Anglian Water project has been mentioned on this site in earlier posts.

The documentation authorising the temporary closure of Hethel Road & Church Road have been received and can be inspected here:

Wreningham STRO1094 (Phase 1 and 2) Order
Wreningham STRO1094 (Phase 1 and 2) PT
Wreningham STRO1094 (Phase 1 and 2) HM

Contact details for comment / further information are contained within these documents.

The following e-mail was received from Pentaco this morning:

You are undoubtedly aware that the works along Church Road are progressing apace and there is a reasonably increase in vehicle movements in and around site. This is unfortunately a consequence of the restricted area for site parking and the external works now required to complete the project. To mitigate this problem and prevent vehicles parking on the surrounding highway, we have made an informal agreement with the landowner to form an area of parking on the field behind, with access off Hethel Road.

We have discussed with the planners at South Norfolk and they have agreed to this temporary arrangement with immediate effect for a period of approx 6 weeks.

We trust you will agree this is of benefit to all parties and will hopefully allow the development to be concluded with minimal disruption to the residents of your parish; however if you wish to discuss any of the above, please do not hesitate to call or visit Dean on site.

Many thanks for your continued co-operation.


Paul Chappell, Contracts Manager, Pentaco Construction Ltd

15 Hurricane Way, Airport Industrial Estate, Norwich, NR6 6EZ

Tel. 01603 778950; Mob. 07866 925140 ;

Norfolk County Council have contacted the Parish Council to form us that they propose to make a Temporary Traffic Order affecting Church Road from the junction with Hethel Road westwards for 300m until the first bend. This is because of new water connection.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 16th January 2017 to 27th January 2017 for the duration of the works, expected to be about 11 days within the period. They suggest using Mill Lane for access beyond the closed section.

Details are provided here:

Wreningham STRO653 PT

Wreningham STRO653 Order

Wreningham STRO653 HM

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 or comment online at 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

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

Amended Planning Application 2016/1569
The above proposal has now been amended copies of the amended plan(s)/additional information can be
view online here.

Re-consultation on this application as the Site Notice and Press Advert should have just stated “affects public right of way”. Comments to SNC by writing, emailing your views to or comment online at before 23 August 2016.

Letter concerning this application –  2016/1569

30 May: Just to update my recent post following some helpful information from David Kirk.

The scoping document, Archaeological Written Scheme, for the recent dig is from the SNC website posted as part of the developer’s planning application documentation. This document summarises the report (Archaeology South East 2015) of an earlier dig on site and in paragraph 1.3.5 states:

“Dating material was found in a majority of the features and indicates a late Anglo-Saxon and early medieval date for most of the activity on the site. There is no pottery that dates to after the 14th century and only one context that can with any certainty be said to be of 13th – 14th century date. Reliably stratified earlier material was only found in one feature, a pit that can be securely dated to the Iron Age. Undiagnostic, but most likely pre-Middle Bronze Age, struck flints were found within later contexts and are therefore residual but do indicate use of the area in prehistory.”

David also unearthed the report from the Bird in Hand dig which identified the Roman oven or several ovens (they are uncertain which) along with other finds. This is held on the Archaeology Data Service website and you read it here. It is highly likely that the full report of the most recent dig on Church Road will appear on the Archaeology Data Service web site before Heritage Norfolk produce their own version.

24 May: People have been asking the Parish Council about the results of the archaeological dig on Church Road. Norfolk Heritage confirm that the contractors working for the developer have now completed their work and are preparing their report. This will be sent to Norfolk Heritage in the next 3 to 6 months and following review it may be loaded on their website Norfolk Heritage said the findings and artefacts are consistent with the known history of the village and its medieval past.