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Councils launch consultation on future development

Posted by on 21 August 2017 | Comments

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils today launched a consultation on their new Joint Local Plan, a document that will shape development in both districts for the next two decades.

Opening today (Monday 21 August) this consultation will run over a period of almost 12 weeks, closing at 5pm on Friday 10 November 2017.

The consultation can be viewed and commented upon online:


Members of the public can follow the councils on social media and find out more about the plan using #BMSDCJointLocalPlan

Paper copies of the consultation document are also available at libraries within Babergh and Mid Suffolk Districts and at the Councils’ offices for the duration of the consultation period.

The consultation is open to all residents, businesses, community groups, voluntary organisations, people who work in the districts and any other interested parties to have their say on the proposed new joint local plan.

The Councils are encouraging comments to be made online at the websites above. Alternatively a printable comments form, containing details of how to respond, can be downloaded from the websites above or can be collected from libraries in the Districts and Council offices.  All comments on the Joint Local Plan consultation must be received by 5pm on Friday 10 November 2017.

This is a major consultation for all those who live, work or spend time in Babergh and Mid Suffolk as the new Joint Local Plan will inform how the Districts will develop over the next 20 years, up to 2036. There is a need to deliver more housing and the Joint Local Plan will identify where new housing should go and what types of housing should be built. It will also seek to promote the local economy by identifying land for businesses and setting out policies for the future of the Districts’ town centres. Alongside this, the Joint Local Plan will set out an approach to protecting and enhancing the environment and delivering infrastructure in the districts.

The consultation also identifies potential sites for development: comments and views on these will be important when the Councils decide which sites to allocate for development in the Joint Local Plan.

During this consultation period, the local community and interested parties will have the opportunity to talk to officers from the Councils’ Strategic Planning team at a series of events being held across the two districts. The events will be taking place between 2pm and 7pm at the following venues:

• Elmswell: Monday 2 October – The Blackbourne Community Centre, Blackbourne Road, Elmswell, IP30 9GY

• Stowmarket: Wednesday 4 October – United Reformed Church, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AD

• Eye: Thursday 5 October – Eye Community Centre, Magdalen Street, Eye, IP23 7AJ

• Tattingstone: Monday 9 October – Tattingstone Village Hall, School Road, Tattingstone, IP9 2NA

• Hadleigh: Wednesday 11 October – Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Place, Hadleigh, IP7 5DN

• Sudbury: Thursday 12 October – Sudbury Town Hall, Old Market Place, Sudbury, CO10 1TL

Councillor Lee Parker, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said “The Joint Local Plan is an important document that will shape how the Districts will develop over the next 20 years. This is an opportunity for everyone to have their say, and I am hoping that all those who live or work in the Districts will get involved.”

Councillor David Whybrow, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “This first stage of consultation on the new Joint Local Plan is everyone’s opportunity to have their say on our strategy and policies for future development. Please do take time to find out more and do come along to the public drop-in events.”

Following this first consultation, all the comments received will be considered before further consultation is carried out.

The events in Sudbury and Stowmarket will also include additional special ‘Vision For Prosperity’ events for the two towns. The Councils are seeking views on the public’s priorities for delivering projects within the towns. See more at:

VFP Sudbury


VFP Stowmarket and follow us on twitter at #VFPSudbury and #VFPStow.