West Suffolk Local Plan (Regulation 18) Preferred Options

Part Three: Site Allocations

4.9. Moulton

4.9.1. Moulton is situated in the west of the district some five kilometres east of Newmarket and 19 kilometres west of Bury St Edmunds and has a population of approximately 1,290 (2019 mid-year estimate). It is a modest village in size, with a good range of amenities and facilities including a primary school and pre-school, a convenience store, post office, public house and recreation and leisure facilities.

Constraints and opportunities

  • The existing primary school lies to the north of Moulton. An extension to the playing field is allocated in the current local plan.
  • Bus services are less frequent than hourly or operate during limited times.
  • Flood zones follow a narrow band north to south through the village along the line of the River Kennett.
  • A conservation area covers a large part of the central village area, within which there are a number of listed buildings.
  • Packhorse Bridge is a scheduled ancient monument in the centre of the village.
  • A county wildlife site lies to the east within the conservation area.
  • There are limited opportunities for development within the conservation area.

Preferred allocation

4.9.2. One new site is proposed as a preferred site for residential development in Moulton providing an indicative capacity of 30 dwellings. The level of development proposed is influenced by the overall housing requirement and the settlement strategy. This determines 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. Further information on how housing numbers have been derived can be seen in part one of the local plan.

4.9.3. Land comprising 0.75 hectares is allocated for the expansion of Moulton Primary School in the existing plan and is being carried forward into this plan.

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

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

 Moulton settlement constraints map
  Moulton settlement constraints map
 Moulton preferred allocations map
 Moulton preferred allocations map