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Village housing plan update

16 October 2020

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Hundreds of new homes could be built in Ingham according to the final version of West Suffolk’s 2019 Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).

The Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) is an essential piece of evidence which is required to support the local plan process. It is a technical assessment which considers sites for housing and economic (for example retail, leisure, cultural, office, warehousing) development in the West Suffolk area over the plan period. The results of the SHELAA will inform the West Suffolk Local Plan preparation.

It should identify sites and broad locations with the potential for development, assess their development potential, and assess their suitability for development and the likelihood of development coming forward (the availability and achievability).

The 2019 assessment includes two areas of land totalling 38 hectares to the north and south of Ingham with potential for up to 600 new homes. The consultation draft SHELAA featured details of 732 sites throughout West Suffolk.

West Suffolk Council stresses that the SHELAA is not an assessment of whether the sites WILL be allocated in the future West Suffolk Local Plan nor does inclusion in the SHELAA imply or grant any planning permission. The document or previous call for sites process holds NO weight in decision making.

Outline maps of the proposed sites are available to view here 

and on the West Suffolk website:


For more information on SHELAA visit the West Suffolk planning website.

Adrian Dawson, chairman of Ingham Parish Council, emphasized that the parish council remains firmly opposed to any large scale development of the village now or in the future.