Melton Village Profile

A view of the island in the River Deben, at Melton, just downstream from Wilford BridgeMelton is a large village lying on the River Deben. For many years, it has had a strategic role as the lowest crossing of the River Deben. This still holds true today, but brings traffic problems with it.

Location and Development

The village centre is about 2.0 km (1¼ miles) from the centre of the market town Woodbridge. This Multimap map allows you to zoom in and out and even provides an aerial photograph (you will need to click on the "Aerial" button) .

Melton lies within or close to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and two Special Landscape Areas (SLAs).

Melton is a village which has seen significant growth (28% over the last 22 years), with several large residential estates being built. Melton has also developed as a centre for light industry and commerce, with over 70 businesses identified as being based within the village.

While the greater part of the recent development of houses has been to the South of the village, the Melton Grange Estate, or to the North, the St Audrys Park development, most of the population live within 1. km (less than a mile) of the historic centre, with its Church, school and local shops.


The village has a wide range of voluntary and other bodies and, perhaps most importantly a well equipped and well used playing field

The parish of Melton had a population of 3,718 at the 2001 census, and an estimated 1,650 dwellings, and is amongst the 25 largest of Suffolk’s 419 parishes (excluding the main urban centres of Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St. Edmunds). It is the seventh largest parish in Suffolk Coastal district.

The extent of growth can be gauged from the findings of the major questionnaire survey, the basis of the Village Plan, which identified a total of 1,810 dwellings (of which 1,776 (98%) were occupied) and an estimated population of between 4,000 and 4,275. This 10% population growth in just four years emphasises the changes and challenges faced by the village at the start of the 21st century.