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Palgrave is a picturesque village of around 900 people located about a mile south of Diss with a centrally located small Victorian Primary School and the ancient St Peter’s Church. It has a spectacular Green, with its wide, grassy expanse, village pond and many magnificent, protected Plane trees which, along with a number of historic buildings and heritage assets form a designated conservation area. Traditional building materials used throughout the village include red and white brick, timber framing, flint and stone (particularly in the church and its prominent perimeter wall), black weatherboarding, render and pantiles.


The eclectic mix of historic properties, school, green, community centre (and bar), playing field and play area has helped the village to retain a strong sense of character and an active local community. Its location within close proximity to the Waveney Valley and surrounding countryside (including a designated SSSI) gives easy access to nature and recreational activities. Although there are no shops in the village, a  scenic 15 minute walk through The Lowes gives access to the historic market town of Diss which offers a diverse range of shops, cafes, leisure and other amenities, including Diss Train Station with regular links to London and Norwich.


The streets in Palgrave show a mixed pattern of permeability and a number of cul-de-sacs on tertiary roads connect with them. The street scene comprises a mixture of scales and architectural styles. Together however, there is a sense of rhythm, harmony and balance, which should be maintained in any future development.  Lion Road, becoming Rose Lane and Priory Road are the main routes through the village and as with all vehicle routes through villages it is considered that traffic control and management are important as speeding vehicles are problematic.

Read the Conservation Appraisal (South Norfolk Council, 2008) in full


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Palgrave Steering Group representative: Bec Dingle 

Local issues: 

Vehicles speeding through the village

  • Availability of facilities and amenities as the village continues to grow e.g.  arrangements for increasing numbers at the primary school, expansion of the community centre

  • The management of development to ensure the character of the village is maintained

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Community Consultation

Two 'Issues & Options' consultation surveys have taken place across the DDNP area, the first, larger, consultation ran from July/Aug 2020 and the second shorter follow up ran from Nov/Dec.  We'd like to thank everyone from Palgrave who took part.


The results of the first consultation, for Palgrave, are available to view in the blue box below. 

The results of the second consultation can be viewed here. 



We had 93 people complete the Issues & Options Survey for Palgrave out of a total of 961. The results can be viewed below. 

As a result of the survey, a number of new sites and local green spaces have been suggested. These will need to be consulted on again, and a second survey for these will be open during November.  Full details to follow!

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