West Suffolk Local Plan (Regulation 18) Issues and Options October 2020

3.7. Stanton

3.7.1 Stanton is a large village located fourteen kilometres north-east of Bury St Edmunds. The population in 2018 was 2,869 (ONS 2018 mid-year estimate).

3.7.2 Stanton is made up of several elements including a smaller housing area to the north of the A143, the Shepherds Grove mobile home park to the east and the main part of the village immediately to the south of the A143.

3.7.3 It has a good range of services and facilities which serve the resident population and surrounding settlements, these include:

  • convenience food shop
  • public house
  • health centre and GP surgery
  • a primary and pre-school
  • post office
  • petrol filling station
  • recreation ground.

3.7.4 The settlement has good transport links to Bury St Edmunds and Diss along the A143 with a fair bus service (four to six buses daily).

Constraints and opportunities

  • Development potential to the north is fundamentally constrained by the boundary of the A143.
  • The county Historic Environment Record (HER) shows Roman sites amongst others within and around the settlement which has a medieval core.
  • The smaller housing area to the north is partially covered by flood zone 3 due to the proximity of a tributary of the River Blackbourn.
  • Development to the east of Stanton is limited by a county wildlife site. An appropriate buffer will be needed to protect the wildlife site from any development within this area.
  • There are SSSI designations to the south and south-west which form a constraint to development in these areas.
  • Scale of growth will be dependent on local environmental and infrastructure capacity and will need to respect the attractive character of the settlement.
  • Development potential around Stanton is limited by ancient woodland and its associated protective buffers to the east, south and south-west.
  • There are areas of grade 2 agricultural land to the north, west, south and east of the settlement.
  • Stanton Post Mill is a designated scheduled ancient monument (SAM) and listed building. Any potential growth in this location should be sensitive to the SAM designation and avoid a negative impact on its wider setting.
  • There is limited potential for small scale growth within the above constraints.

Settlement status

3.7.5 The village is designated as a key service centre in the former St Edmundsbury area Core Strategy (2010) in recognition of the important role it has to play in serving the residents of the village and those that live in the immediate surrounding area. Stanton provides a number of key services and facilities that meet the villages own needs, and the needs of other nearby smaller settlements. It is proposed that the village maintains its status and is designated as a key service centre in the new West Suffolk settlement hierarchy.

3.7.6 The former St Edmundsbury area Rural Vision 2031 (2014) allocates one site for housing – RV14a Land at Upthorpe Road which was granted permission on appeal for 101 dwellings in 2012. The site has been constructed.

3.7.7 To the east of Stanton at Shepherd’s Grove policy RV4 allocates 53.1 hectares of employment land. This allocation is dependent on a new access road and junction onto the A143 which requires some associated residential development to make it viable. A masterplan was approved in October 2019 to guide development of the site.

Site options

3.7.8 The level of development will be influenced by the settlement strategy which will determine the distribution of development across the district as well as the existing environmental and physical constraints and the overall capacity for growth in the settlement.

3.7.9 A number of sites have been submitted to the council by landowners and developers for potential inclusion in the local plan. Included sites in the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) that lie within or adjacent to the settlement boundary are shown on the map below, as these have passed the initial tests of being suitable, available and achievable, and so are more likely to be sites that could be suitable for allocation in the local plan.

3.7.10 It is important to note that at this stage these sites have not been selected as preferred sites for development, but we are seeking views on them to assist with the preparation of the next draft of the plan, where decisions will be made on which, if any, sites would be suitable for allocation.

3.7.11 The table below provides information on these sites, setting out information on the proposed use and planning status. Also below is a map of the main settlement constraints to assist you in making a response.

3.7.12 Your comments on these sites will help in drawing up the next draft of the West Suffolk Local Plan for consultation in 2021. This will set out the council’s preferred options for the distribution of housing and other land uses across the district. The council will also consult on the preferred sites across the district to achieve this distribution.

Stanton settlement constraints map


Stanton and Shepherds Grove settlement map showing SHELAA included sites



Stanton - included SHELAA sites

2020 reference

Site name

Area (hectares)

Proposed use

Current use
planning status

Indicative capacity*[1]


Fordhams Farm, Bury Lane



Agricultural buildings and countryside



Land off Old Barningham Road (part of Duke Street Nursery)






Land west of Duke Street






Land between Bury Lane and Wyken Road






Land at Little Hill Farm, Barningham Road



Garden land



Little Farmhouse, Barningham Road






Land at Shepherds Grove



Grassland (formally buildings and hardstanding for RAF airfield)
allocated RV4
masterplan adopted



Land at Shepherd’s Grove





1. *an indicative capacity of 30 dwellings per hectare is applied unless the site is already allocated or has planning permission. For sites over 100 dwellings, 40 per cent of land set aside for infrastructure. [back]