The adopted Local Plan for St Edmundsbury Borough and adopted and emerging local plans for Forest Heath District will continue to apply to those parts of the West Suffolk Council area until a new Local Plan for West Suffolk is adopted. this is currently scheduled for mid-2023.
Please be aware that there may be interruptions to our online planning service (Public Access) up until April 2019 due to essential work to prepare for changing to a new West Suffolk Council on 1 April 2019.
The draft Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Masterplan (MAP) sets out aspirations for the town centre, based on the options put forward by the public, that aim to address the issues identified through research, analysis and consultation. The overall aim is to set out a coordinated plan to provide for the needs of existing and new communities and support economic development in Bury St Edmunds, as set out in Vision 2031.
These aspirations are proposals at this stage and will need more detailed work on their deliverability. They will be subject to the availability of funding and land, the work of other partners, as well as the possibility of further consultation.
At this stage we are consulting on these aspirations and your feedback will help shape the final proposals.
The aspirations put forward in the MAP refer to specific ‘Character Areas’ across the town centre, as described on the other side of this document. These are organised around the overarching themes of movement, activity and place. Many are closely interlinked supporting one or more themes.
The MAP proposes a range of measures that will improve the way people move around the town centre, with a particular focus on more sustainable forms of transport. These include:
The draft MAP proposes a number of opportunities for supporting and increasing the range of uses that take place in the town centre. These include:
The MAP provides a structure for the town centre drawing together existing streets, spaces, uses and areas of activity that take place and celebrating the historic character and identity of Bury St Edmunds. This includes:
As a supplementary planning document, the MAP does not set out particular uses for specific sites, this is the role of a local plan. Rather it suggests where uses might take place and changes be made based on the character, position and current use of areas. It provides a coordinated future vision for the town centre, setting the scene for specific individual projects to take place.