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 application 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.