About Michael Hill

Wreningham Parish Council Chair

Ref: 2023/3690
Applicant: Mr Denis Bilham
Location: Cha-am, Mill Lane, Wreningham NR16 1AN
Proposal: Erection of oak framed two bay cart lodge with concrete pad for caravan parking
Application Type: Householder

Please return comments by 6 February 2024, quoting reference 2023/3690

email: planning@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

online: www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

post: The Horizon Centre, Broadland Business Park, Peachman Way, Norwich NR7 0WF

Broadland District and South Norfolk Councils have renewed the existing Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) made under section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which cover dog fouling across both district areas.

View the Broadland District and South Norfolk Council PSPO documents.

Each PSPO makes it an offence for a person in control of a dog not to clear up the dog mess immediately, on any land that is open to the air and to which the public is entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).

In South Norfolk, the PSPO also restricts the presence of dogs in play areas, making it an offence for you to take your dog into any enclosed play area or children’s playground.

Offenders in Broadland and South Norfolk are subject to a fixed penalty notice of £100, reduced to £80 if paid within 10 days, or if taken to court, a fine up to £1,000.

In order for an offence to be investigated, we will need to know the address of the owner and as much information as possible including a description of both the dog(s) and the owner.

If you see someone allowing their dog to foul and not clear it up, and if you know the owner’s details you can report this using the links below (please do not submit photographs of the waste itself).

Report an offence of dog fouling in Broadland or South Norfolk

Where an area is in need of cleansing due to dog fouling, please report this to us using the following links:

Report an incident of dog fouling in Broadland
Report an incident of dog fouling in South Norfolk

Ref: 2023/3836

Proposal: Demolition of existing farmhouse, erection of new house and garage, formation of access road and change of use of land to residential curtilage

Location: High Common Farm Wymondham Road, NR16 1AY

Applicant: Mr Lee Devlin 

Application Type: Full Planning Permission 

Please return comments, with the reference number (2023/3836), by 19 January 2024 to:

email: planning@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

online: www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

post: The Horizon Centre, Broadland Business Park, Peachman Way, Norwich NR7 0WF

We received the following email from Cllr Graham Plant, NCC:

“Following on from the great news in mid-October that we have received a funding commitment of more than £200 million from the Government for the Norwich Western Link, we’re getting this important infrastructure project moving forward again.

“We’ve published a cabinet report this afternoon with an update on the project and the proposed next steps, which include submitting the planning application early next year. While a lot of work had already been done on the planning application documents over several months, the project team are currently reviewing and updating these now that we have more certainty over the timing of their submission and the subsequent timings for the project.

“The cabinet report sets out what we will need to include in the planning application. These documents will be published in full after we have submitted them to the planning authority, which in this instance is Norfolk County Council, but this is an entirely separate part of the authority to the project team. The planning authority will then run their own statutory public consultation on the planning application, so everyone will have the opportunity to view and comment on the proposals at that stage.

“Once the planning application is finalised and submitted, the project team would then make and publish a Compulsory Purchase Order, for land required for the project, and a Side Roads Order, which would authorise the County Council as the highways authority to make alterations to roads and highways, including public rights of way. The cabinet report published today also gives details on these processes, and includes maps showing the land we will require for the project – whether on a temporary or permanent basis – and the existing roads that will need to be altered in some way.

“Due to the delay in receiving the funding commitment from central government, and also as a result of factoring in information that has been confirmed as the project has developed, the anticipated timetable for the project has been pushed back. It is now expected that initial works will start in late 2025, with the start of main construction works in summer 2026 and the road open for use in 2029.

“For the same reasons, the budget for the project has been revised to £273.9 million, an increase of £22.8 million from the previous budget agreed in July 2022. However, the Department for Transport have indicated that they could provide funding of up to 100 per cent of the costs set out at Outline Business Case stage, which stood at £251.1 million. If the government provided £251.1 million of funding, the local contribution required towards the overall cost of the project would be less than previously anticipated even with the overall budget increase.

“I know delays and cost increases are frustrating and I know many people want to see this road built now, to tackle the traffic problems that exist to the west of Norwich and so that the wide range of benefits it will provide can be achieved at the earliest opportunity. It’s the responsible thing to do to keep project budgets and timetables under review and to adjust them as more information is known, and to respond to wider influences. And it’s important to do this in order to put ourselves in a strong position to get this road built, and built in the right way.

“I hope this provides information that is helpful but, if you want to, you can also read the cabinet report on our website here – the link in full is also included beneath my signature. With government backing secured and the planning application documents in the process of being finalised, we are making good progress and getting closer to making the Norwich Western Link a reality.

“The cabinet report will be considered by me and my cabinet colleagues at a meeting on Monday 4 December, and I’ll email you again that day to make you aware of the outcome of the meeting and the next steps from there.”

Cllr Graham Plant
Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure
Norfolk County Council

Ref No: 2023/3219

Proposal: Notification for Prior Approval for a proposed change of use and associated building works of an agricultural building to 5 dwelling houses (QA and QB)
Location: Agricultural Building South Of High Common Farm, Wymondham Road, Wreningham
Applicant: Mr Lee Devlin
Application Type: Prior Notification – Agricultural to Residential
A prior notification application for the above proposal has been received at South Norfolk Council. Details of the Case Officer and copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line using ref “2023/3219“.

As a Prior Notification application, the above development shall not be begun before the
occurrence of one of the following—
(a) the receipt by the applicant from the local planning authority of a written notice that prior approval is not required;
(b) the receipt by the applicant from the local planning authority of a written notice giving prior approval; or
(c) the expiry of 56 days without the local planning authority notifying the applicant as to whether prior approval is given or refused. This expires on 18 December 2023.

Should you require further details on the consideration of this prior notification, please contact the case officer, Tracey Meachen.

email: planning@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

online: www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

post: The Horizon Centre, Broadland Business Park, Peachman Way, Norwich NR7 0WF

Related development

see the developer’s website.

Prior to 2011 Wreningham did not have a mains sewage system. Many properties had either single or shared septic tanks. Residents had to make their own arrangements for emptying these tanks. For some this was an on-going problem as they were continually having to arrange for the emptying of their septic tanks to significant cost and inconvenience.

In 2011 Anglia Water installed a “First time sewage system” in Wreningham as part of their policy to reduce the number of septic tanks in the region. Instead of a gravity driven system, this project introduced a vacuum sewage system to serve Church Road, Hethel Road, Ashwellthorpe Road and Wymondham Road.

These pipes converged on a new main sewage pipe at the top of Mill Lane near the school. A pumping station was built half way along Mill Lane. It maintains the vacuum (or low pressure) which draws the sewage into the next part of the system. Here gravity takes the sewage through a new pipe to a pre-existing installation situated by Stephens Road in Top Row.

How does it work?

Image from airvac.com

The sewage pipe from the house uses gravity to deliver sewage to the chamber. This will trigger the trap to access the vacuum in the main pipe. This will then draw the sewage out of the chamber and away towards the pumping station in Mill Lane and from there onto the installation in Top Row.

Am I connected?

Whilst many decided to connect to the system at the time of installation, not all did.

One sign that you are connected is that the property will be in receipt of a regular sewage bills from Anglia Water!

The most obvious sign that you are connected is two part:

  1. A metal inspection cover for the below ground sewage chamber. This is often within the property’s curtilage, however some are in or near the road.
  • Note this may be shared by up to 4 properties
  1. A silver coloured, metal, cylindrical pipe set vertically in the roadside verge outside/near your property. “Anglia Water” is inscribed in blue on it with a designation number e.g. “B1”.
  • This pipe is the visible component of a vacuum trap which connects to a sewage pipe.

Who do I contact if it is not working correctly?

This sewage system is managed by Anglia Water. You will need to contact them in the event of any actual or apparent system failure:

Telephone: 0800 145 145 / Email: Customerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Michael Hill, October 2023

A new consultation has opened by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership inviting comments on the proposed Main Modifications which are required to the GNLP following submission to the Planning Inspectorate in July 2021.

There is a lot of documentation in the GNLP if you wish to review the whole plan. Specific mentions are made in the GNLP of places near to Wreningham: Hethel, Wymondham, Bracon Ash and Ketteringham.

Consultation is from Wednesday 25 October and will conclude at midday on Wednesday 6 December 2023.

The Inspectors’ final conclusions on the GNLP which will take account of representations submitted in response to this consultation.  The Main Modifications have been subject to updated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment which are also available to comment on along with Policies Map changes. 

Representations should be made regarding legal compliance and soundness issues only.  This is not an opportunity to reraise matters relating to other parts of the submitted GNLP that have already been considered by the Inspectors during the Examination or to submit further evidence.  The Inspectors will only consider representations relating specifically to the proposed Main Modifications and other consultation documents before reaching their final conclusions on the GNLP.

The Partnership is also publishing Additional Modifications which it intends to make on adoption of the GNLP, along with other documents for information only.  These are outside the scope of the Main Modifications consultation and comments are not invited on them.  They do not form part of the Inspectors’ examination of the Plan.    

Accessing the consultation documents

The consultation documents will be available to view on the GNLP website, www.gnlp.org.uk.  Hard copy is available during normal office hours at:

  • Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council offices, The Horizon Centre, Broadland Business Park, Peachman Way, Norwich NR7 0WF. Mon–Fri 8.30-17.00 (by appointment).
  • Norwich City Council, City Hall, St Peters Street, Norwich NR2 1NH (main entrance – please ask to be directed.  Mon-Fri 8.45-13.00 & 14.00-17.00);
  • Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH (by appointment);
  • South Norfolk information point at The Octagon, Mere Street, Diss IP22 4AH (Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00).

Contact the GNLP team using the details below to make an appointment.

You can also view the consultation documents in Norfolk libraries using their computers.

Making Representations

The preferred way is online using the consultation system www.gnlp.org.uk.  Alternatively, you can submit a response form by email or post:  either download a response form from our website or contact us by email (gnlp@norfolk.gov.uk) or by telephone (01603 306603) to request one.

General Enquiries: 01603 306603     GNLP@norfolk.gov.uk

The potential new supplier (besides Open Reach/BT) County Broadband, seems to have gone rather quiet, according to some parishioners, after their big push to sign up interested parishioners nearly 2 years ago. We know that there are some works planned for tree clearing/pruning on some of our roads – but there is some doubt about whether these will actually happen.

In the meantime, Gigaclear have contacted the Parish Council to introduce themselves and discuss the broadband service they may offer in village. Two Parish Councillors have met a representative and have provided a short note:

We held an interesting session with Andrew Lipski from a broadband provider called Gigaclear. They are looking to build an extensive full fibre broadband network across South Norfolk, and Wreningham is one of the villages included in their plans.

Gigaclear is currently undertaking their preliminary design stage of the network, and we should hear more from Gigaclear in 2024. A summary of their build process is outlined on their website: