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. 

Former St Edmundsbury area Local Plan

The St Edmundsbury Local Plan sets the long term planning and land use policies within the Borough. The Local Plan includes documents previously referred to as the Local Development Framework (LDF). The Local Plan is made up of the of the following:

  • Core Strategy: this was adopted on 14 December 2010, it sets out the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and overarching policies for the provision of new development in the Borough up to 2031 
  • Vision 2031: consists of three Local Plans, Bury St Edmunds Vision 2031, Haverhill Vision 2031 and Rural Vision 2031, these were adopted on 23 September 2014 and identify where growth will be allowed and what local everyday services people will need to enjoy a good quality of life.
  • Joint Development Management Policies Document: this was adopted on 27 February 2015 by Forest Heath District Council and on 24 February 2015 by St Edmundsbury Borough Council. It contains policies that form an important tool for the day to day determination of planning applications in both St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District.
  • St Edmundsbury Policies map: showing the areas where the policies of the adopted Core Strategy, Vision 2031 and joint development management policies local plan documents will apply.  For example, it shows sites allocated for housing development, employment or open space and any conservation area boundaries.  The map will be revised each time a new local plan document is adopted.  You can also view the policies map on the West Suffolk interactive map 'find my nearest'
  • Hargrave Neighbourhood Plan: this was formally 'made' (adopted) on 17 July 2018. The plan is a statutory development plan document for St Edmundsbury Borough Council. The plan is a material consideration within the parish of Hargrave for planning application purposes.
  • 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.