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.



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

Related development

see the developer’s website.

Ref: 2023/3087
Applicant: Mr Leckenby
Location: High Common Farm Wymondham Road Wreningham Norfolk NR16 1AY
Proposal: Proposed agricultural access track
Application Type: Full Planning Permission

Please return comments, with the reference number, by 3 November 2023 to:



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

Reference 2023/2008
Proposal: Single storey rear extension
Location: Cacosi, Wymondham Road, Wreningham
Applicant: Claire Cormack
Application Type: Householder

Details of the Case Officer and copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line here

You can submit your comments before 8 August 2023 by


online at

by 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.

Ref: 2023/1241
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Alex & Holly Gray
Location: Sunningdale Wymondham Road Wreningham Norfolk NR16 1AT
Proposal: Demolition of existing bungalow and garage with replacement dwelling and integrated garage with associated infrastructure works
Application Type: Full Planning Permission

This is a revised application. Please return comments by 25 July 2023 quoting the reference 2023/1241


on-line: or

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

Tel 01508 533780 / 01603 430509
If this is not possible or you wish to discuss the proposal before sending your comments please contact the case officer, Gordon Sutherland, Senior Planning Officer.

Please note: any comments you make will be available to view on-line.

A community archaeology project in Wreningham has restarted after a four-year gap with a test pit on Wymondham Road, to be followed by two others and a talk by Historic Environment Officer, Steve Hickling. 

Following on from eight test pits dug in private gardens around the village back in summer 2018, led by Steve and archaeologist colleagues, a further test pit was dug at Shelley Cottage on Wymondham Road on Sunday June 26.

Further test pits are due to be dug on Sunday July 3 at The Old Homestead in Toprow and on Sunday July 24 at Willey’s Croft on Church Road. Anyone who wants to join in is welcome to turn up at 10am. No previous experience necessary – but please bring a shovel / spade / mattock or pickaxe and a trowel or sieve if you have them.

In addition, there is a meeting of the Wreningham Heritage Group at 2pm on Wednesday July 13 in the Margaret Preston Room at the Village Hall – all are welcome.

The meeting agenda includes a talk by Steve Hickling on Test Pitting – incorporating information from recent and planned test pits around the village.

Test pits enable us to discover and record artefacts from our village’s history.  Some of these can date back to the Middle Ages – or even earlier!

The last set of eight Wreningham test pits were dug in 2018.  The plan has been to test pit in diverse locations around the village.  It’s hoped this will provide evidence for determining historic patterns of settlement etc.

An Interim Report from the 2018 test pits can be found here. 

Pictured above and below is the test pitting at Shelley Cottage earlier today.

Donald Whiterod, 86, died at his home, High Common Farm, on 30 December 2021.

Who was Donald Whiterod (always Donald and never “Don” or “Donny”)?

Many people in the village will know him as the elderly gent who drove very slowly, in a large car through the village, loved dogs and for most of his time at High Common Farm he had at least one dog for company – often an Alsatian – and his favourite tipple was a good whisky. Those who regularly supported Wreningham Social Club would have known that nobody sat on “Donald’s” stool, and the bar staff knew better than to put his drink in anything other than “Donald’s glass”.

However, there was much more to Donald Whiterod than this.

His family took on High Common farm in 1969. Once the farmhouse had been renovated, they moved in, and there Donald lived for the rest of his life. He soon became active within the village. He served on the Parish Council for many years. He is one of the few Parish Council members in living memory who was elected into office, as he was pleased to inform people, especially his fellow councillors.

He served on the Village Hall Management Committee and at one time helped to run the junior discos. He was a member of Ashwren Players and opened his home for rehearsals. He helped in the fundraising for the playing field and the building of the present village hall. In fact, he was elected the first chairman of Wreningham Social Club. Although he did not hold this position for long, he continued to be an active member.

He supported the local church, not least by providing the hoggin for the entrance to the car park. He was a gate steward for the “Wreningham Trotting” which took place at The Poplars grass raceway. He served on the Millennium committee and it was he who suggested that the memorial to the year 2000 should be a village clock which eventually was installed on the tower of All Saints church.

Donald’s charitable activities included raising funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH). In 2006, he and his brother, Maurice, invited traditional farming enthusiasts to harvest a wheat crop that was threshed with a Fowler steam engine. This raised over £1200 for EACH. There were several of these events over the years – the image below was taken in 2009 and is believed to be a Fowler thresher at the farm as mentioned above.

Immediate family and invited close friends attended the private interment at Wymondham Cemetery on 20 January 2022.

Fowler Thresher. Photograph: D Kirk, 2009

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

Ashwellthorpe Road:

Cllr Hughie Glaves: Porthtowan or at:

Church Road, Hethel Road & Penny’s Green:

Sarah Lidington: Cloverside, Church Road or at

Mill Lane

Christine Bilham: Cha-Am or 01508 489626 or at:

Top Row 

Nicky Allen: The Birches or at:

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

Update: 8 November 2021

This is an update on the progress of NCC Greenways Team project to improve waymarking and access on the historic Kett’s Country Long Distance Path, an 18-mile recreational walking route between Wymondham and Norwich. It is creating five new circular walks to connect local communities to the linear route and other green spaces. The long-distance path and all circular walks will be following existing public rights of way or quiet roads. The project is due to be completed by the end of March 2022.

Here is a map showing the route:

The Wreningham circular route has had improvements to access points and bridges in the Long’s Wood area. The information board near the Church will be repositioned to the verge by the Bird In Hand.  There may be some additional notice signs installed along the route.

The team is gathering information about the local history, heritage and biodiversity for their promotional materials, so if you think something would be worth highlighting, or know someone who would be a good source of information, please contact Helen Terry at the Norfolk Greenways Team –

Original Post: December 2020

Norfolk County Council’s Kett’s Country Long Distance Path project has a shortlist of 12 potential circular walks along the trail and wish to reduce that to five that will be installed, alongside the signage for the linear route, in the Spring.

They invite you to respond to their survey which is here. It will be live until 31st January 2021.

Please note that two of these potential walks are in Wreningham – so your interest will be appreciated.

The project officer will respond to your questions about the circular walks, or the project in general, from 4th January 2021. 

Contact: Chris Brough, Cycling and Walking Assistant Officer, Environment Team, Community and Environmental Services

Tel: 01603 224436 ; Email: ; Web:

Reference: 2021/1696
Applicant: Mr Brian Altree
Location: Pear Tree Cottage, Wymondham Road
Proposal: Removal of an existing two-storey dwelling and associated single-storey outbuildings and [build] new two detached two-storey dwellings with detached double garages.
Application Type: Full Planning Permission

Please return comments to South Norfolk Council by 25 August 2021.
on-line: via Comment tab on-line
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line here.