West Suffolk Council planning policy consultations

Due to an upgraded planning policy consultation system and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation we are no longer able to directly consult with you unless you have ‘opted in’ to planning topic(s).

You can update your details by logging in to your account at https://westsuffolk.oc2.uk/login  and selecting the topic(s) you wish to be notified on. If you have forgotten your login details please contact us on 01284 757368 or planning.policy@westsuffolk.gov.uk for assistance.

Local plans

The adopted and emerging Local Plans covering the former St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath areas (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. 

Planning policies

Local planning authorities have to produce a Local Plan, which sets the long term planning and land use policies within the area.

To address future planning requirements it is necessary to undertake the following:

  • engage and consult with residents and statutory bodies
  • follow the guidelines of national policy
  • monitor
  • plan
  • research

This enables us to plan to deliver appropriate levels of homes, jobs, community and transport facilities, while protecting and enhancing the environment and character of the area, in order to provide an acceptable and sustainable quality of life for local residents.

In addition to local plans, supplementary planning documents (SPDs) and guidance are prepared to guide development. These include SPDs, masterplans, concept statements and development briefs.

Background policy evidence can be found alongside the relevant local plan which underpins the work of the strategic planning policy team. Supporting information, including statement of community involvement, local development scheme and authority monitoring report (AMR) and fiver year housing land supply sets out how the community will be consulted, the timeline for plan preparation and monitoring which is undertaken.

A register of brownfield land, identified previously developed sites in the area that the council has assessed as being suitable for housing.

Guidance to support a community's preparation of a neighbourhood plan and neighbourhood development order is also available.

Section 106 and the community infrastructure levy (CIL) are mechanisms to ensure the appropriate infrastructure is provided as part of any application for development.