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. 

Neighbourhood Planning in Great Barton

Great Barton neighbourhood area designation

Due to change in the Great Barton Parish boundary following a community governance review, On 10 January 2019, Great Barton Parish Council submitted a new application to define the revised boundary of their Neighbourhood Plan. The regulations regarding neighbourhood area applications have changed and there is no longer a requirement for publicity if the application is for the whole parish area - as it is in this instance.

Under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), the council confirmed the designated area on 14 January 2019.

A designation statement to this effect, a copy of the application and supporting information and a map identifying the neighbourhood area can be viewed below (which supersedes the previous area designation approved in June 2016):


On 16 June 2016, the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Growth formally designated the Great Barton Neighbourhood Area.

The area designation statement, map and responses to the consultation can be found below:


Neighbourhood Area consultation

Between 10 May and 8 June 2016, we undertook a consultation following an application by Great Barton Parish Council to identify the area they felt should be covered by a future neighbourhood plan.

As part of the application process, Great Barton Parish Council has produced a map of the proposed neighbourhood area and a supporting statement reasoning why they have chosen the area to be covered. These documents can be viewed below: