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.
New development will inevitably require infrastructure to sustain its future occupants or for commercial developments, its customers. These infrastructure requirements can be secured under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and are legally binding. These requirements are planning obligations and can be unilaterally offered by the land owner or be bi-lateral agreements between the land owner and the local planning authority.
Infrastructure secured by planning obligations, can be in the form of land provision, physical structures and financial contributions; the obligations may also restrict the use of land. Schools, highways, public open space, play areas and community facilities are all examples of infrastructure that might be secured under s106.
Local planning authorities ensure planning obligations are monitored, for which a fee is charged. See current fees here: section 106 fees
West Suffolk have produced an annual report of all the s106 developer contributions received within the last financial year. An annual report will be published at the end of each financial year.
Infrastructure requirements that are the responsibility of the West Suffolk authorities are explained in documents known as SPDs, you can find out more from our Supplementary planning documents page
A new form of securing planning obligations to supplement and co exist with s106 is the community infrastructure levy (CIL). It has been designed to be generally paid up front and is a levy calculated on the size and type of development. Usually for off-site infrastructure (s106 continuing to secure on-site provision) the sums collected will be spent on infrastructure that can include the types listed above for s106.
Although CIL is not currently in use in West Suffolk work has begun to explore its introduction but at this time no final decision has been made to introduce it.
The National Planning Policy Framework states that affordable housing shall only be required for sites of 0.5ha and over or for 10 dwellings and over.
Our Core Strategy policies would then require 30% affordable housing.