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

4.2. Barningham

4.2.1 Barningham is a village with a population of 967 (2018 mid-year estimate), located approximately 17 kilometres north-east from Bury St Edmunds and 13 kilometres south-west of Thetford. The village has a reasonable range of facilities, including:

  • a shop and post office
  • a primary school
  • a Public House
  • a play area.

4.2.2 A neighbourhood plan is being prepared for the Barningham parish area.

Constraints and opportunities 

  • Barningham has good vehicular access to the main A143 and A1066 via the B1111. However, there may be a requirement to assess local junction capacity within the village in order to serve new development.
  • County archaeological sites border Barningham to the north, west and south which would require further investigation if new development was to be considered in these locations.
  • Sandy Lane forms a physical boundary to development towards the north of the village.
  • Numerous open space sites lie within the present built up area of Barningham.
  • Two protected biodiversity action plan (BAP) species sites lie to the west of the village.
  • Key protected views to the south of the settlement may limit development in this direction.
  • There is a small cluster of listed buildings in the Church Road/Mill Road area, however the village is not covered by a conservation area designation.
  • There is a flood zone located to the north of Barningham which would appear to constrain any type of housing development in this direction.
  • There are limited bus services to Bury St Edmunds.

Settlement status 

4.2.3 The village is designated as a local service centre in the current local plan in recognition of the role it has to play in serving the residents of the village and those who live in the surrounding rural area. It is proposed that its status is retained as a local service centre in the new West Suffolk settlement hierarchy.

4.2.4 The former St Edmundsbury Rural Vision 2031 (2014) allocated a site for 20 dwellings which has since been built out.

Site options

4.2.5 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.

4.2.6 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.

4.2.7 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.

4.2.8 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.

4.2.9 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.

Barningham settlement constraints map


Barningham settlement map showing SHELAA included sites


Barningham - included SHELAA sites

2020 reference

Site name

Area (hectares)

Proposed use

Current use
planning status

Indicative capacity*[1]


Land off Sandy Lane






Option A, land at Hepworth Road


Mixed (Residential community facilities)

Agricultural (arable)



Option B, land at Hepworth Road


Mixed (Residential community facilities)

Agricultural (arable)



Option C, land at Hepworth Road


Mixed (Residential and community facilities)

Agricultural (arable)



Land to the north of Field Cottage, Bardwell Road



Grazing land


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]