The planning system helps to ensure that development takes place in the public interest, in economically, socially and environmentally sustainable ways. It has a major impact on how local neighbourhoods look, feel and function. It also has a role to play in helping to cut carbon emissions, protect the natural environment and deliver energy security.

Your Development Management Team - December 2016

The Development Management team forms three officer teams to serve specific areas for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.  Each team is made up of Planning and Support officers to deal with a wide range of planning proposals.  The teams will over time establish improved local connections with the areas they cover with the support of their dedicated officers.  For larger schemes these will also be dealt with by the designated team that covers that area.  However, to have a more efficient service it may be the case that officers from other teams will deal with larger schemes across the two districts as part of our new integrated approach.  This will ensure the relevant experience and expertise are used where needed.  Behind the scenes a new fourth start up team has been formed to ensure much faster registering and validation of both applications and enquiries.

Contact us:

Click here to see the new team map and find your team colour (PDF, 867Kb)

Blue Team on 01449 724546 (Needham)

Green Team on 01473 825748

Yellow Team on 01449 724540

Alternatively please contact us on:

For Hadleigh: Tel 01473 825858 or email

For Needham: Tel 01449 724612 or email

Don't forget our Duty Service also remains available and continues to be popular.  This includes both Appointment and Non Appointment times for development management planning officers and also specific times for heritage officers.



As a result of a High Court decision on 31 July 2015 which successfully challenged the national planning policy set out in a Ministerial Statement on 28 November 2014 the Council will, with immediate effect, be re-instating the approach  that the Council had taken immediately prior to the introduction of that Ministerial Statement.

The Ministerial Statement of policy which has been quashed excluded developments of 10 units or 1,000 square metres or less from affordable housing requirements and ”tariff based” contributions, and imposed a lower threshold of five units in rural areas, national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. This policy, also provided that, where a vacant building is brought back into use, or demolished for redevelopment, local authorities will provide a credit for that floorspace for affordable housing contributions

This change will affect both applications already being processed but which are undetermined at the present time and new applications. We will be contacting all affected applicants or their agent with undetermined applications under consideration in order to discuss the way forward on a case by case basis.  We would encourage any applicant or agent who may be affected by this change to contact us to discuss how this affects the planning considerations of their specific case.

See below for some frequently asked planning questions.

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