Waveney Local Plan

Key issues in Halesworth and Holton

018 Halesworth Thoroughfare

Halesworth is located on the southern boundary of the District on a tributary of the River Blyth. Halesworth serves as a small market town with a population of 4,726. To the east of Halesworth is Holton with a population of 823. The village depends on Halesworth for most services and facilities and the gradual expansion of the town has led to an almost contiguous built up area between the two settlements. The town provides services for nearby villages including some within Suffolk Coastal District, including Chediston, Walpole and Wenhaston.

The average age of the population is above local and regional averages. Whilst the town benefits from provision of most essential services and facilities, there is no secondary education provision in the town. Children of secondary education age have to travel to Bungay or Beccles.

A small part of the central area of the town is at risk from flooding. The floodplain from the River Blyth tributaries covers large parts of the farmland to the west of the town. The landscape around the town is a mix of rural river valleys and tributary farmland character which is sensitive to new development. Some of the farmland surrounding the town is high grade agricultural land.

Only 32% of working people in Halesworth work in the town. 14% work in Suffolk Coastal and 14% work in Beccles. However, self-containment could potentially be higher as there are a similar number of people employed in the town as there are working people living in the town (i.e. many of the jobs in the town are taken by people commuting in to the town from elsewhere).