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This page summarises the key elements of the Conservation Area Appraisal for Stody: 

What is the special interest of Stody?


  • For much of its history, Stody has been in the same ownership as Hunworth with different families owning it over the centuries.
  • Milling and agriculture were historically important to the village economy and the two large farms of Hall Farm and Kendles Farm reflect this.

Street pattern and development

  • Stody is a dispersed village with the village centre being a small collection of buildings loosely gathered along a curving road.
  • Its location on a tributary of the River Glaven gives the village its undulating topography and historically enabled three watermills in the village (none remain).

Buildings and materials

  • Stody’s historic buildings are typical of the North Norfolk vernacular in their form and use of flint, red brick and red clay pantiles.
  • The church occupies a prominent hillside location and is distinguished by incorporating stone and slate. Its round tower is nationally unusual but relatively common in Norfolk.
  • The former King William public house has been sensitively converted to residential use.

Setting and views

  • The open fields around the Conservation Area reflect the connection with farming.
  • The open fields also facilitate views across the village. The views of the church are especially important.

Townscape analysis

The following Stody map is available to view as a pdf.

Stody townscape plan

Conservation philosophy

The overarching aim of the recommendations contained within the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan is the preservation and enhancement of the character, appearance and special architectural interest of Stody Conservation Area. This philosophy will guide planning decisions in the Conservation Area. It is defined in further detail in Section 8.2 of the Appraisal and summarised below:

  • The built environment should be well maintained.
  • Nationally and locally designated buildings should be preserved and enhanced.
  • Detracting features should be removed.
  • The sensitive replacement of lost historic features or those which have been replaced with inappropriate alternatives is encouraged.
  • Outbuildings, boundaries and landscape features which form the setting of individual heritage assets should be preserved and enhanced.
  • The scale, massing, density of buildings and materiality of the existing buildings in the Conservation Area should be preserved.
  • The rural character of the village should be preserved.
  • The village will be managed to maintain the existing sparse development pattern of mostly detached houses.
  • New development should be high quality and appropriate in terms of scale, massing, design and materials, and should be the minimum necessary to meet housing demands.
  • Landscaping should be appropriate to the character of the Conservation Area and mature trees should be retained.
  • Views should be protected.

Proposed locally listed buildings and boundary changes

The Appraisal proposes new local designations for buildings which have architectural and historic qualities that add to the local character. These are not formally designated buildings but ones which have a degree of significance that merit consideration in planning decisions. They are shown in yellow on the adjacent plan and listed in the Appraisal document in Section 6 and Appendix C.

Stody Conservation Area is a new designation and therefore its boundary is new. It should be noted the area is currently designated as part of the Glaven Valley Conservation Area and it is proposed for removal from this larger Conservation Area.. See Section 8.3.7 of the Appraisal for more details.

Stody Hall is proposed for local listing.

The following Stody map is available to view as a pdf.

Stody boundary changes map

Last updated: 22nd November 2021