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

5.2. Barton Mills

5.2.1 Barton Mills is located three kilometres from Mildenhall and 13 kilometres from Newmarket and has a population of 1,114 (2018 mid-year estimate). The village has some facilities including:

  • a public house and an Inn
  • Barton Mills village green.

Constraints and opportunities

  • Development to the north-east of the settlement is restricted by the presence of Breckland Forest SSSI and Breckland Special Protection Areas and flood zones associated with the River Lark.
  • Barton Mills has a conservation area focusing on central and eastern parts of the settlement. Views to the east and south should be protected from future development.
  • There is a county nature reserve to the north and another to the west.
  • Coalescence should be prevented from Mildenhall to the north and Worlington to the west.
  • The A11 is adjacent to the south of the settlement. There are limited bus services to Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall.

Settlement status

5.2.2 Barton Mills is designated as a secondary village in the current local plan as it provides limited local services but can still meet some of the day to day needs of its residents. Given this and its close proximity to Mildenhall, it is proposed that Barton Mills is designated as a Type A village in the new West Suffolk settlement hierarchy, which means that small sites for development could be allocated. This would mean that the opportunity for allocating small sites in or adjacent to the village could be explored through the preparation of the local plan.

Site options

5.2.3 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.

5.2.4 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.

5.2.5 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.

5.2.6 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.

5.2.7 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.

Barton Mills settlement constraints map

Barton Mills

Barton Mills settlement map showing SHELAA included sites

Barton Mills map

Barton Mills - included SHELAA sites

2020 reference

Site name

Area (hectares)

Proposed use

Current use
planning status

Indicative capacity*[1]


Land at Grange Farm Cottages






Land to the north of Grange Lane






Land to the west of Church Lane






Land at rear of 21 Mildenhall Road






Land south of Worlington Road and adjacent to former dairy sites



Planning permission granted and commenced


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]