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Neighbourhood Planning

A significant number of parishes across Babergh and Mid Suffolk already have some form of community plan in place, mostly in the form of Parish Plans or Village Design Statements.

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a range of new rights and powers to allow communities to improve the places where they live and work. One of these rights was Neighbourhood Planning.

Neighbourhood Plans should set out a positive vision for how the plan area can develop in ways that meet identified local need. Unlike the more traditional type of plan or statement produced by town or parish councils a successful Neighbourhood Plan has statutory weight and status, it will become part of the districts ‘development plan’ and it will be used when deciding planning applications within the designated area.

To help decide what type of ‘plan’ is right for your community there are a number of helpful video guides on the My Community website.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have also published the following:  

Other useful online resources include:


Neighbourhood Planning in Babergh

Neighbourhood Planning in Mid Suffolk

Parish Plans and Design Statements

Apply to designate a neighbourhood area