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 Forest Heath Local Plan documents were submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on 24 March 2017
The Local Plan comprises the Single Issue Review (SIR) of Core Strategy Policy CS7 Overall Housing Provision and Distribution and the Site Allocations Document.
Details of the submission and modifications is available at
The Planning Inspectorate has appointed two Planning Inspectors to examine the submitted Plans. They are Inspector Simon Berkeley BA MA MRTPI and Inspector Christa Masters MA(HONS) MRTPI.
All background information relating to the Forest Heath Local Plan consultations can be found at the following:
The timeline for the preparation of these documents is available to see on the Local Development Scheme.
The Sustainable Community Strategy for our area is produced by the Suffolk Strategic Partnership. The council is required to take account of any spatial (land use) elements set out in the Sustainable Community Strategy for the area.
Local Plan evidence documents - We collect evidence through case studies and also use data gathered by other bodies to inform our planning policy making processes. Evidence is continually gathered in key areas with some documents updated regularly and others only when required. The evidence documents are listed under the key areas that need to be considered in planning policy making. The documents listed under each area will help you understand how policies have been influenced and shaped.
Adopted local plan documents
The Forest Heath Local Plan sets out the long term planning and land use policies for the district. The Local Plan includes documents previously referred to as the Local Development Framework (LDF). It consists of the: