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

5.13. Pakenham

5.13.1 Pakenham is located in the eastern part of the district around 11 kilometres north-east from Bury St Edmunds. The village has a population of approximately 887 (2018 mid-year estimate).

5.13.2 The settlement has a good range of facilities including:

  • a pub
  • a nursery
  • a convenience store with post office
  • a playing field.

Constraints and opportunities

  • There is a limited bus service.
  • Flood Zones 2 and 3 running north/south through the village centre.
  • There is a sizeable conservation area through the village and to the south and 12 listed buildings.
  • There are county wildlife sites lying to the east and north-east.

Settlement status

5.13.3 Pakenham is designated as an infill village in the current local plan where normally only small-scale infill development of five homes would be allowed within the settlement boundary. The good range of local facilities are all sustainability indicators which warrants its 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

5.13.4 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.

5.13.5 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.

5.13.6 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.

5.13.7 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.

5.13.8 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.

Pakenham settlements constraints map


Pakenham settlements map showing SHELAA included sites


Pakenham - included SHELAA sites

2020 reference

Site name

Area (hectares)

Proposed use

Current use
planning status

Indicative capacity*[1]


Land at Pakenham Lodge






The Depot, Fen Road






Land at Manor Farmhouse, Upper Town





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]