West Suffolk Local Plan (Regulation 18) Preferred Options

Part Three: Site Allocations

4.8. Hundon

4.8.1. Hundon is a village located approximately nine kilometres north-east of Haverhill and approximately 18 kilometres south-east of Newmarket, with a population of 1,891 (2019 mid-year estimate). Hundon has a reasonable range of facilities including a primary and pre-school, convenience food shop and leisure facilities.

Constraints and opportunities

  • Growth in Hundon is constrained by Lower Road to the south and Mill Road to the north. The southern boundary of the village is subject to an area of flood zone.
  • The land in Hundon rises in a northerly direction as the village is situated on the slope of the valley.
  • Lower Road forms a boundary to development towards the south and Mill Road to the north.
  • The majority of the listed buildings in Hundon line North Street, to the east of the village. A conservation area also covers much of the eastern half of Hundon.
  • There are three archaeological sites close to the village. Hundon’s historic settlement core centres on Church Street, and North and Lower North Streets. There are traces of an earlier settlement and crop marks around the village which are recorded in the county historic environment record (HER).
  • The southern boundary of Hundon village is covered by a flood zone which will prevent any further development in this area. There are significant slopes down to the valley bottom.
  • Hundon has reasonable road access to the A143 for Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, but the highways are lacking in footpaths and are narrow in places.
  • Bus services are less frequent than hourly or operate during limited times.

Preferred allocations 

4.8.2. No new sites have been identified in Hundon due to growth being constrained by the sensitivity of the surrounding landscape, as set out in the West Suffolk Landscape Character Assessment (May 2022). This study identifies Hundon as lying within the Chilton Street farmlands character area, where only small-scale built development is appropriate within the intimate landscape of the valley villages and stream margins. Further information on how housing numbers have been derived can be seen in part one of the local plan.

4.8.3. Further information on alternative site options considered but not taken forward can be seen in the table of omission sites in appendix B.

4.8.4. Information on infrastructure can be seen in the draft infrastructure delivery plan (IDP) (2022) which sets out baseline data for each settlement.

Hundon settlement constraints map