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


Reference 2023/2012
Applicant: Mr J Moon
Location: Land South Of Elm Tree Farmhouse Hethel Road Wreningham Norfolk
Proposal: Outline permission for erection of 1no. dwelling with creation of new access (resubmitted application – see 2022/1063)
Application Type: Outline Planning Permission

Please return comments by 9 August 2023 to:

email: planning@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

online: www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

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

If you wish to discuss the proposal before sending your comments please contact the case officer.
Please note: any comments you make will be available to view on-line.



The above list is the current set of Planning Applications with respect to Fir Grove. Please note that comments to South Norfolk DC for the two “Pending Consideration” are due by 13th January 2023.


Reference: 2022/2386
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Ware
Location: Fir Grove Hethel Road Wreningham Norfolk NR16 1BE
Proposal: New rear sunroom extension with alterations to existing house including replacement of new windows and doors, re-render externally, new stair and bathrooms
Application Type: Listed Building Consent

Please return comments to SNC by 13 January 2023:

email: planning.snc@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk
online: www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk
post: Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich NR7 0DU


Reference: 2022/2031 (see also Reference 2022/2032 – a duplicate of 2022/2031?)
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Ware
Location: Fir Grove Hethel Road Wreningham Norfolk NR16 1BE
Proposal: Removal of thatch, repairs to timber roof structure, re-roof with plain red tiles, new rainwater goods, and removal of eastern and western lean-to’s
Application Type: Householder

Please return comments to South Norfolk by 17 November 2022.

e-mail: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

Note that the location is off Hethel Road, as in applicant’s documentation:


Note: Approved with conditions

Reference: 2022/1014
Applicant: Mr Julian Wells
Location: Land South West Of Hethel Road Wreningham Norfolk
Proposal: Change of use from agricultural land to residential gardens.
Application Type: Full Planning Permission

Please return comments by 28 June 2022

e-mail: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE


Reference: 2022/1063
Applicant: Mr J Moon
Location: Land South Of Elm Tree Farmhouse Hethel Road Wreningham Norfolk
Proposal: Outline permission for erection of 1no. dwelling with creation of new access.
Application Type: Outline Planning Permission

Please return comments by 30 June 2022.

e-mail: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE


Reference: 2021/2662
Applicant: Mrs Sarah Liddiard
Location: Church View Cottage Hethel Road Wreningham NR16 1BB
Proposal: Replace existing conservatory with rear extension and alterations. Conversion of double garage to self-contained annex.
Application Type: Full Planning Permission

Please return comments to South Norfolk Council by 28 January 2022.

email: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE


Wreningham Parish residents can now help keep Wreningham, Top Row and Penny’s Green litter free after the Parish Council bought litter-picking equipment which can be borrowed for free.

Sets of two litter-pickers, bag hoops and high-vis jackets are now available for residents to borrow for ad-hoc litter picking around the area. Litter picking would be done at residents’ own risk.

Sets are located at homes on the main roads in the parish and can be borrowed via a quick email or phone call as follows:

Wymondham Road and general enquiries:

Cllr Keith Morris, on 01508 488318 or at keith.morris@networknorwich.co.uk

Ashwellthorpe Road:

Cllr Hughie Glaves: Porthtowan or at: hugh.glaves@btinternet.com

Church Road, Hethel Road & Penny’s Green:

Sarah Lidington: Cloverside, Church Road or at sarahl@live.co.uk

Mill Lane

Christine Bilham: Cha-Am or 01508 489626 or at: bilham8@aol.com

Top Row 

Nicky Allen: The Birches or at: clerk.WPC@gmail.com

Pictured is Cllr Keith Morris with the litter picking equipment available for residents to borrow.