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. 

Forest Heath Site Allocations Local Plan

The Site Allocations Local Plan document identifies which sites should be developed, in order to achieve the visions and objectives of the Core Strategy, (including the outcomes of the Single Issue Review to Policy CS7, which is considering the quantum, phasing and distribution of housing growth specifically). This Local Plan document includes proposals for new housing, employment, shopping and other development, together with other uses of land such as parks and open spaces.

Proposed submission Site Allocations Local Plan


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
Site Allocations Local Plan Document

Details of the Submission, including the documents submitted, are available on the

Forest Heath Local Plan Examination 2017 page.


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.


Documents consulted on January to March 2017: You can view representations and council's responses at the council's online consultation system

The local development scheme timeline shows anticipated dates for next stages in the preparation of this document.

Previous consultations

A Preferred Options (2nd Regulation 18 Stage) consultation was undertaken April to July 2016 following an extension. You can view representations and council's responses at the council's online consultation system

Document produced for the 2016 consultation are:

An Issues and Options (Regulation 18 Stage) consultation was undertaken August to October 2015. You can view representations and council's responses at the council's online consultation system

Documents produced for the 2015 consultation are: