West Suffolk Local Plan (Regulation 18) Preferred Options

Part Three: Site Allocations

Non-strategic allocations

3.05a Matthews Nursery, High Street, Lakenheath

New reference number: 3.05a

SHELAA reference: WS605 and existing policy reference: SA7(a)

Location: Matthews Nursery, High Street, Lakenheath

Site area: 1.86 hectares

Preferred options indicative capacity: 13 dwellings

Site map

3.05a Matthews Nursery, High Street, Lakenheath

Policy and capacity considerations

  1. This site lies within a largely residential area on the western edge of Lakenheath, adjacent to the banks of the cut-off channel and west of the B1112. A large area of land in the southern section of the site represents a former nursery. This area is overgrown, with species-poor grassland and extensive patches of bramble scrub and ornamental shrubs.
  2. Site lies within the settlement boundary.
  3. Suitable for residential and town centre retail uses.
  4. There is a current undetermined planning application on site for mixed use, residential and retail.
  5. Buildings of local interest should be maintained.
  6. Retain a wide landscaped buffer to the cut-off channel.
  7. Retain the existing trees (some protected) on the site.

3.05b land west of Eriswell Road, Lakenheath

New reference number: 3.05b

SHELAA reference: WS133 and existing policy reference: SA7(b)

Location: land west of Eriswell Road, Lakenheath

Site area: 5.45 hectares

Preferred options indicative capacity: 140 dwellings

Site map

3.05b land west of Eriswell Road, Lakenheath

Policy and capacity considerations

  1. The site is bounded to the east by Eriswell Road (B1112); to the west by a flood embankment adjacent to a watercourse; to the north by Lakenheath playing fields and to the south by Smeeth Drove. The site comprises semi-improved grassland.
  2. The site is allocated in the former Forest Heath Site Allocations Local Plan and outline planning permission has been granted for 140 dwellings. A holding objection to the reserved matters application has been submitted by Natural England in relation to the Stone Curlew nesting data.
  3. Additional information is required to demonstrate the site can come forward in this plan period and that the capacity is appropriate.
  4. Proposals will need to have regard to the adjacent flood zone.
  5. Proposals should have regard to trees protected by a preservation order alone the road frontage.

3.05c Rabbithill Covert, Station Road, Lakenheath

New reference number: 3.05c

SHELAA reference: WS132 and existing policy reference: SA8(a)

Location: Rabbithill Covert, Station Road, Lakenheath

Site area: 3.45 hectares

Preferred options indicative capacity: 81 dwellings

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3.05c Rabbithill Covert, Station Road, Lakenheath

Policy and capacity considerations

  1. The site is in arable use and is accessed off Station Road (B1112). The southern boundary comprises a belt of broad-leaved plantation woodland with a small area of more semi-natural broad-leaved woodland and belt of plantation coniferous woodland along the western boundary.
  2. The site is allocated in the former Forest Heath Site Allocations Local Plan and full planning permission has been granted for 81 dwellings. it is anticipated that development will commence by mid-2022.
  3. Additional information is required to demonstrate the site can come forward in this plan period and that the capacity is appropriate.
  4. Safeguard existing trees on site on southern and western boundaries.

3.05d land north of Station Road (B1112), Lakenheath

New reference number: 3.05d

SHELAA reference: WS203 and existing policy reference: SA8(b)

Location: land north of Station Road (B1112), Lakenheath

Site area: 22.4 hectares

Preferred options indicative capacity: 375 dwellings and a new primary school

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3.05d land north of Station Road (B1112), Lakenheathland off Briscoe Way, Lakenheath

Policy and capacity considerations

  1. The site is located off Station Road (B1112) on the north side and is bounded by a woodland belt of trees along this boundary.
  2. Safeguard existing trees protected by a preservation order on site, in particular the western tree belt.
  3. The site is allocated in the former Forest Heath Site Allocations Local Plan and hybrid planning permission has been granted.
  4. Additional information is required to demonstrate the site can come forward in this plan period and that the capacity is appropriate.

3.05e land off Briscoe Way, Lakenheath

New reference number: 3.05e

SHELAA reference: WS130 and existing policy reference: SA8(c)

Location: land off Briscoe Way, Lakenheath

Site area: 2.78 hectares

Preferred options indicative capacity: 67 dwellings

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3.05e land off Briscoe Way, Lakenheath

Policy and capacity considerations

  1. The site lies off Station Road (B1112) and Briscoe Way. The site is currently in arable production. The southern boundary comprises a species-poor intact hedgerow adjacent to residential gardens and houses which have been built recently. The eastern boundary abuts an overgrown area which appears to be part of adjacent residential gardens.
  2. The site is allocated in the former Forest Heath Site Allocations Local Plan and planning permission has been granted for 67 dwellings.

3.05f land north of Burrow Drive and Briscoe Way, Lakenheath

New reference number: 3.05f

SHELAA reference: WS604(A)

Location: land north of Burrow Drive and Briscoe Way, Lakenheath

Site area: 9.52 hectares

Preferred options indicative capacity: 100 dwellings

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3.05f land north of Burrow Drive and Briscoe Way, Lakenheath

Policy and capacity considerations

  1. The site lies to north-west of Lakenheath and is bounded by habitats associated with the cut-off channel, which borders the site’s north-west boundary. The site is in arable use. It comprises dense scrub, poor semi-improved grassland, and scattered trees.
  2. Proposals should have regard to flood risk area to north west.
  3. This site is within 7.5 kilometres of Breckland Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a component of Breckland Special Protection Area (SPA). Within this distance the potential for in-combination recreational effects should be considered.
  4. The site triggers the SSSI impact risk zone relating to SSSI components to Breckland SPA.
  5. Proposals should retain a wide buffer with the cut-off channel (30 metres minimum).
  6. Part of this site is in close proximity to a safeguarded waste facility and any new development should take steps to ensure that it will not inhibit the operation of the waste site.
  7. This site is partially or wholly within a minerals consultation area. The quantity and quality of the minerals resources beneath the site and the feasibility of either: extraction prior to development of the site or use of some of the sand and gravel in the development itself should be assessed.
  8. The site is within one kilometre of one or more established public rights of way (PRoW) and opportunities to connect to these and to footpaths, open spaces and suitable accessiblenatural green space (SANG) within the adjacent development site to the east (site 3.05d) will be required.
  9. A new primary school is proposed in Lakenheath (land north of Station Road).
  10. A development brief is required for this site.