Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan (DDNP)


24th March 2022

Major Modifications Summary March 2022 dated Final to Publish

9th August 2021

For information: the DDNP Steering Group’s response to the recent VCHAP consultation has noted South Norfolk Council’s approach, through VCHAP, of delegating authority for the site allocations for the South Norfolk villages within the DDNP area to the DDNP.  The Steering Group have confirmed what those allocations are, as set out in the current DDNP Regulation 14 Consultation.

In relation to Roydon, we have noted that following our summer 2020 consultation, which indicated strong public opposition to the SN0526 (Land at High Road, Roydon) site, we considered the further sites put forward during this consultation. Following an objective Site Assessment of each of these, all the sites rated amber (two were rated red, and none were rated green) were subject to a further public consultation in November 2020.  Following this process, the site on land south of Roydon Primary School was selected for allocation in the DDNP.  This was on the basis of the site assessment and level of public support.  We have informed VCHAP that it is both available and deliverable within the plan period.

DDNP Open Day, Sunday 18 July, 1 pm – 7 pm. 
We’re looking forward to meeting residents.  Masks will be worn throughout, social distancing observed and ventilation maximised.  The information on display is taken directly from the Draft Plan with maps and information enlarged and pinned up on display boards.  The purpose of the open day is to give residents the opportunity to see the display and talk with the DDNP representatives about any aspect of the Draft Plan.  Printed copies of the Draft Plan will be available to view.
Anyone who feels unsafe about attending the Open Day will not miss out on the opportunity to talk to the DDNP reps about the Plan; if they have any unanswered questions, please contact the parish clerk who will ask one of the reps to make contact directly.
Please note: If you do wish to attend but do not feel comfortable inside, please attract the attention of one of the councillors who will be pleased to come outside to discuss the plan and answer your questions.


DDNP update:

Regulation 14 Consultation period extended

Following requests for further time to consider the final draft of the DDNP, the closing date for the consultation has been extended by 2 weeks to Wednesday, 18th August at 5.00 pm.

Roydon Parish Council,

Thursday, 1st July, 2021.



There will be displays of information about the Plan, and members of the DDNP Steering Group will be on-hand to answer questions.  These events will be held on:

Corn Hill, Diss – Friday 2nd July 12.00pm to 2.00pm, Saturday 3rd July 10.00am to 3.00pm & Sunday 4th July 10.00am to 3.00pm

Roydon Village Hall – Sunday 18th July 1.00pm to 7.00pm (when Roydon Steering Group representatives will be present)

Regulation 14 Consultation is now live.

Access the press release here:https://roydon-disspc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/files/2021/06/DDNP-reg.14-press-release-final.docx

Access the documents at: https://ddnp.info


Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan website can be accessed via this link: https://www.ddnp.info

Update 17th June 2021: The next stage for the DDNP is about to happen: its formal Regulation 14 Consultation.  This is the first time the draft of the entire Plan has been shared with the people who’ve helped create it – and that’s you!

Watch out for the next Issue of The Roydon Round-Up, the parish council newsletter, which will be delivered to each Roydon household over the next few days.  It has just gone to print and will contain all the information you need to access the Consultation and provide us with your feedback.

The expected consultation start date is Monday 21 June, and will run for 6 weeks, but please check back here, or the Roydon Parish Council Facebook page , because we will let you know as soon as we hear it’s gone live!

Why is Roydon one of the DDNP parishes …?

Putting together a Neighbourhood Plan is not a short, easy or inexpensive task and when it was suggested that we might join with Diss and neighbouring parishes to make a joint Plan for the whole area, Roydon Parish Council decided at its March 2017 meeting to join the Plan. This was endorsed unanimously by the residents present at the May 2017 Annual Parish Meeting. This joint plan was called the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan (DDNP).

It has been a long journey, with a few hiccups along the way, but the last two years have seen a renewed focus and energy and the end is now in sight!  We hope to put the final Plan to the community to seek its support later this year.


From Roydon’s point of view, what will be in the Plan?

Site Allocation:

Having been informed, by council departments at a higher level than us, that each parish would have to accommodate a specific number of new dwellings in the lifetime of the Plan (up to 2038), the DDNP steering group chose to allocate sites for development in each parish rather than have them imposed on us by developers and higher authorities.  In our two consultations during 2020, Roydon chose to make our ‘Roydon village’ allocation of @25 dwellings on just one site, to the south of Roydon Primary School.  Although it nibbled into the remaining green space between Roydon and Diss, residents chose this as the best option on offer. Although narrowed, there will remain a green space between the Roydon and Diss settlement boundaries.

If we didn’t choose to allocate within the DDNP, developers would have more of a free hand to propose sites which suited them but not necessarily the community.  In addition, numbers of houses could substantially exceed the current allocation for the village.


Local Green Spaces (LGS):

Roydon initially proposed 17 LGS and these gained good support from residents.  However, we recognised that this was too long a list to be accepted by the Examiner of the DDNP (a stage that the Plan has yet to go through).  Although we cherish our LGS, whether they be children’s play areas or stretches of woodland, we knew we had to reduce the list to those areas that were of especial importance as green spaces and which had least protection and recognition as valued green spaces in the parish.  We have settled on a final list of 8 LGS which we hope everyone will support.


Non-designated Heritage Assets (NDHAs):

Roydon has several listed buildings, but it also has buildings, features and settings which are special in some way: they have historical and/ or architectural interest, or they are valued by the community as part of the village landscape.

Much investigation and consultation led to our final list of NDHAs.


Key Views:

A significant feature of Roydon is its proximity to countryside – the Waveney Valley to the south, open arable farmland to the north and west, a large area of farmed meadowland between Baynards Lane/ Swamp Lane and Snow Street, and the registered, ecologically rich common land of Brewers Green.

Our Key Views, supported in the summer 2020 consultation, are views across all of these areas.


Ecological Corridors:

Recent research has recognised that areas of species-rich land (such as Roydon Fen) are not enough by themselves to begin the process of reversing the present worrying decline in biodiversity across the country. They need to be linked up by a wide network of “ecological corridors” along which lie the varied habitats needed for the movement and spread of plants and all forms of wildlife, especially invertebrates and pollinators.

In Roydon we have devised a network that joins together Roydon Fen, Quaker Wood, Brewers Green, Baynards Green and Wortham Ling, and leads out to the adjoining parishes. Some of these routes are maintained for ecological richness by the parish council, for example Roydon Loke, Swamp Lane, the High Road verges opposite the church, and Millway Green (the very wide verge at the south west end of Shelfanger Road) – and we are working towards the improvement of some of the other routes.


What influence will the DDNP have?

By including all these different aspects within the DDNP, they will be afforded a degree of protection with regard to future development.  The Plan must be, by law, taken into account by higher authorities when considering development issues.

The final stage of the Plan will be ratification by the community through a referendum, in which 50% of those who vote need to agree to its contents.  We hope that all residents will see the value of Roydon having the protection of the DDNP and feel able to support the Plan.


The Second consultation result report has been published.

Please access it via this link: https://www.ddnp.info/post/second-consultation-results-report-published

The AECOM Site Options & Assessments Report December 2020 can be accessed on the DDNP website. At over 300 pages long, the second AECOM Site Options and Assessments report covering a further 17 sites across the DDNP area isn’t a quick read, but it does give an independent assessment of these sites as to their suitability for possible future development. It also includes some revisions of assessments of some of the 35 sites in the first AECOM Sites Assessment report.

The full report can be accessed at:

The follow-up consultation has now ended.

THANK YOU to all residents who took part and gave us your views.


RPC received a few queries from residents about Diss Rugby Club putting forward some of their land as a potential site for housing growth.  We would like to offer these clarifications which we hope are useful.

. Our understanding is that there are no plans to close the Rugby Club.  

. The Rugby Club have indicated that they have sufficient land to accommodate both the Rugby Club and a small amount of housing, with no immediate need for the Club to relocate.  

. The red line outlining the site on the survey is the full extent of the land put forward by the Rugby Club as a potential site for housing growth.  Please note that this does not cover the whole of the land occupied by the Rugby Club.

The follow-up consultation is live.

This consultation contains additional sites for housing growth in Roydon Village, as suggested by residents in the first survey, for all residents to choose from.  In addition there will be another potential Local Green Space, also suggested in the first survey, to comment on.

Go to the survey here  (completing it should only take a few minutes). Printed versions of the survey are available on request from Wendy Benson 01379 388190 or email [email protected]

The deadline to complete the survey is Monday December 7th, at 5pm. 

Please encourage friends and neighbours in Roydon to take part.

Thank you for taking part, your input is very much appreciated. If you have any problems launching the survey, please email [email protected] 


Reports from the 1st consultation are available now:

Summary report:

Summary Report November 2020

Full report:

Full Report November 2020

Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan website:  https://www.ddnp.info

Archived information:


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