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

5.18. Tuddenham

5.18.1 Tuddenham is located three kilometres south-east from Mildenhall and 11 kilometres north east of Newmarket and has a population of 407 (2018 mid-year estimate). The village has some facilities including a public house, a convenience shop and playing fields.

Constraints and opportunities

  • Development of the settlement is restricted by the presence of Breckland Farmland SSSI and Breckland Special Protection Area designated for stone curlew, woodlark and nightjar which wrap around the settlement boundary.
  • An area of Flood zone 2 and 3 runs along the west and south west along the Tuddenham Mill Stream.
  • There are a number of listed buildings and several individual trees with preservation orders within and adjoining the settlement boundary.

Settlement status

5.18.2 The village is designated as a Secondary village in the former Forest Heath area Core Strategy (2010). It is proposed that Tuddenham is designated as a Type A village in the new West Suffolk settlement hierarchy, which 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

5.18.3 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.

5.18.4 A number of sites in Tuddenham have been submitted to the council by landowners and developers for potential inclusion in the Local Plan, but they have all been deferred for suitability reasons. These sites are listed in the SHELAA and can be seen on Find My Nearest.

5.18.5 Due to the environmental constraints, it is likely that the only options for development to come forward in the future will be within the settlement boundary. If you know of any sites for redevelopment in this area, please let us know via the call for sites submission form.

5.18.6 Your comments will help in drawing up the next draft of the West Suffolk Local Plan which will be consulted on 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.

Tuddenham settlement constraints map