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

4.11. Rougham

4.11.1 Rougham is a small village with a population of 1,250 (2018 mid-year estimate for Rushbrooke with Rougham), located approximately 11 kilometres from Bury St Edmunds. It has a reasonable range of services and facilities including:

  • a primary school
  • shop and post office
  • a pub
  • a play area and recreational open space

4.11.2 The village is spread across two main areas, Blackthorpe and Kingshall Street.

Constraints and opportunities

  • The scale of growth will be dependent on local environmental and infrastructure capacity and will need to respect the landscape setting and attractive character of Rougham.
  • There are no nature or habitat designations in close proximity to the village.
  • There is no designated conservation area but there are sites of various periods recorded in the county Historic Environment Record (HER) in the parish of Rougham.
  • The surrounding landscape in the Rougham area is relatively flat; key views to the south should be protected.
  • Local roads are rural in nature and new development may need to upgrade both roads and junctions. Rougham is close to the Rookery Crossroads on the A14 towards Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.
  • Any large scale development has the potential to impact negatively on the character of the settlement. However, small scale peripheral extension may be possible.

Settlement status

4.11.3 Rougham 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.

4.11.4 The former St Edmundsbury area Rural Vision 2031 (2014) allocated one site in the village for a total of 12 dwellings. An application for 12 dwellings on the site was submitted in July 2019 and is pending a decision.

Site options

4.11.5 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.

4.11.6 One site has been submitted to the council by a landowners or developer 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.

4.11.7 It is important to note that at this stage this site has not been selected as a preferred site for development, but we are seeking views on it 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.

4.11.8 The table below provides information on the site, 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.

4.11.9 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.

Rougham settlement constraints map


Rougham settlement map showing SHELAA included sites


Rougham - included SHELAA sites

2020 reference

Site name

Area (hectares)

Proposed use

Current use
planning status

Indicative capacity*[1]


Land to the west of Kingshall Street and land south of Orchard Close





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]