The adopted Local Plan for St Edmundsbury Council and emerging local plans for Forest Heath Council
(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.
Online Planning applications (Public Access) – limited availability 5pm 26 March to 8am 1 April 2019
You can still see planning records and information about applications on our Public access webpage, but the information available will be frozen from the evening of Tuesday 26 March 2019. Between 26 March and 1 April you will not be able to comment on applications online, but you will be able to make comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning and building control system - offline from 27 to 31 March 2019
We will be unable to acknowledge, register or issue decisions on any applications during this period. Applications submitted during this time will be processed in the week commencing 1 April 2019 by West Suffolk Council. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Local planning authorities have to produce a Local Plan, which sets the long term planning and land use policies within the area.
To address future planning requirements it is necessary to undertake the following:
This enables us to plan to deliver appropriate levels of homes, jobs, community and transport facilities, while protecting and enhancing the environment and character of the area, in order to provide an acceptable and sustainable quality of life for local residents.
In addition to local plans, supplementary planning documents (SPDs) and guidance are prepared to guide development. These include SPDs, masterplans, concept statements and development briefs.
Background policy evidence can be found alongside the relevant local plan which underpins the work of the strategic planning policy team. Supporting information, including statement of community involvement, local development scheme and authority monitoring report (AMR) and fiver year housing land supply sets out how the community will be consulted, the timeline for plan preparation and monitoring which is undertaken.
A register of brownfield land, identified previously developed sites in the area that the council has assessed as being suitable for housing.
Guidance to support a community's preparation of a neighbourhood plan and neighbourhood development order is also available.
Section 106 and the community infrastructure levy (CIL) are mechanisms to ensure the appropriate infrastructure is provided as part of any application for development.