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

Part 3 - settlements

5.9. Horringer

5.9.1 Horringer is situated in the centre of the district approximately four kilometres south-west of Bury St Edmunds on the A143 and 23 kilometres north-east of Haverhill. The village has a population of approximately 1,090 (2018 mid-year estimate).

5.9.2 Horringer has a limited range of services including:

  • a primary school
  • a pre-school
  • two public houses
  • a playground.

Constraints and opportunities

  • There is a good bus service (more than one bus per hour) with services to Bury St Edmunds.
  • A large conservation area covers the historic core of the village to the west along The Street and Horringer Manor and its grounds to the north east. There are 24 listed buildings within the settlement boundary.
  • Ickworth Park a historic park and garden and county wildlife site borders the village to the west.
  • Ickworth House a Grade I listed building is some 800 metres south west of the settlement.
  • The village is situated in a special landscape area.

Settlement Status

5.9.3 In 2010 Horringer was designated an infill village in the former St Edmundsbury Core Strategy (2010) where normally only small scale infill development of five homes would be allowed within the settlement boundary. Horringer retains some facilities including two public houses, a village hall, primary school, play area, bus service and its close proximity to Bury St Edmunds are all sustainability indicators which warrants categorisation as a Type A village in the new West Suffolk settlement hierarchy. 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

5.9.4 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.

5.9.5 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.

5.9.6 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.

5.9.7 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.

5.9.8 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.

Horringer settlement constraints map


Horringer settlement map showing SHELAA included sites


Horringer - included SHELAA sites

2020 reference

Site name

Area (hectares)

Proposed use

Current use
planning status

Indicative capacity*[1]


Land north-east of Horringer






Land north-west of Horringer






Land between Glebe Close and Chevington Road






Land off Manor Lane, Horringer



Grazing land



Land South east of Hornbeam Drive, Horringer






The Corner of Westley Lane & A143, Horringer



Grazing land/none


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]