Local plans

The adopted and emerging Local Plans covering the St Edmundsbury area and Forest Heath area (and all related policy documents, including guidance and SPD’s) 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. 

17-18 Cornhill - next steps

Date Actions
Autumn 2017 Site acquired
Business case drafted
Winter 2017

Architect and Structural Engineer appointed

Feasibility study prepared

Spring 2018

Investment approved by SEBC full Council
Concept design prepared
Initial surveys carried out
Pre-planning process started

Public exhibitions (We Are Here arrow)

Summer 2018

Design developed

Further site surveys and investigations

Autumn 2018

Early contractor involvement to advise on how the scheme can be built and site set up (1st Stage Contractor appointed)
Review of feasibility plan, developed designs and costings

Winter 2018 Planning application and decision
Spring 2019

2nd Stage contractor appointed

Technical designs produced

Summer 2019

Building Regulations approval secured
Approval secured to move to construction

Autumn 2019 – Autumn 2020

Site set up and construction period
Autumn 2020 Project completed

Risks – What could change the project

Key risks What we are doing to reduce them
Unforeseen issues with the existing building fabric or foundations Surveys are to be carried out as early as possible to identify risks and enable them to be tackled.
Planning issues flagged up at a late stage and redevelopment of preferred option required. Early and ongoing engagement with planning and conservation officers. Pre-application advice to be sought.
Downturn in retail and/or residential demand. Appointed local residential and commercial estate agents to begin marketing properties off plan (before construction).
Delays/issues in negotiations with third parties including neighbouring/adjoining properties and Suffolk County Council Highways. Early negotiations with third parties. Party Wall Notices served to adjoining property owners once design and programme agreed.
Lack of contractor availability due to contractor market and the complexity of the development. Engage with medium/large contractors as soon as preferred option design agreed.
Archaeological findings as the site sits on the edge of the historic town centre wall. Archaeologist on board to carry out archaeological studies/investigations during design and construction period.
Potential threat of disruption to existing traders and users around the site. Early conversations with local businesses and stakeholders. Construction period to be considered carefully. Engage with contractor to receive early advice and work with representatives of town centre businesses to ensure continuity during the construction phase.