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Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Aug 2017)

The Councils are undertaking a thorough review of its adopted policies and allocations which will result in a new Joint Local Plan to guide development until 2036 in Babergh and Mid Suffolk.


Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Reg 18)

Our dedicated consultation portal allows you to view the Joint Local Plan - Consultation Document and make comments online.

Consultation Portal 
Online Mapping 

The Councils are currently consulting on the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan - Consultation Document (Reg 18 Stage). This is an important document which will provide the strategy for the growth of the Districts, setting out what and where development will take place up to 2036. Residents, local businesses and stakeholders are being asked to have their say on the new Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan. Once adopted, the new Joint Local Plan will replace the existing local planning policies for both Babergh and Mid Suffolk.


Having your say

The Consultation Document and an interactive mapping system can be viewed on our Consultation Portal (see links above). This also offers you the opportunity to submit your comments to us. This is the quickest and easiest way to submit your views. Alternatively comments can be emailed or posted to us, using the Joint Local Plan printable comments form which can be collected from the Council offices. If you are submitting additional development sites to the Council for consideration, please use the Online Site Submission Form with reference to the Site Submission Guidance Notes. Paper copies can be obtained upon request from the Strategic Planning team at the Council.

Please submit your comments by 5pm on Friday 10th November 2017.


As part of the consultation the Councils will be holding a series of drop-in events. All events will run from 2pm - 7pm*:

  • Elmswell - 2nd October, The Blackbourne Community Centre, Blackbourne Road, Elmswell, IP30 9GY
  • Stowmarket - 4th October, United Reformed Church, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket IP14 1AD
  • Eye - 5th October, Eye Community Centre, Magdalen Street, Eye, IP23 7AJ
  • Tattingstone - 9th October, Tattingstone Village Hall, School Road, Tattingstone IP9 2NA 
  • Hadleigh - 11th October, Hadleigh Town Hall, Market Place, Hadleigh IP7 5DN
  • Sudbury - 12th October, Sudbury Town Hall, Old Market Place, Sudbury CO10 1TL


 *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. To find out more, follow us on twitter at #VFPSudbury and #VFPStowmarket or visit:


Below is a list of places where the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan: Consultation Document and comments forms are available:

  • Council Offices, Corks Lane, Hadleigh IP7 6SJ
  • Council Offices, 131 High Street, Needham Market IP6 8DL
  • Capel St Mary Library, Village Hall, The Street, Capel St Mary IP9 2EP
  • Debenham Library, School Corner, Debenham IP14 6PL
  • Elmswell Library, Memorial Library, Cooks Road, Elmswell IP30 9BX
  • Eye Library, Buckshorn Lane, Eye IP23 7AZ
  • Glemsford Library, Village Hall, Glemsford CO10 7RH
  • Great Cornard Library, Thomas Gainsborough School, Head Lane, Great Cornard CO10 0JU
  • Hadleigh Library, 29 High Street, Hadleigh IP7 5AG
  • Lavenham Library, Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street, Lavenham CO10 9QT
  • Long Melford Library, United Reformed Church Room, Hall Street, Long Melford CO10 9JT
  • Needham Market Library, School Street, Needham Market IP6 8BB
  • Shotley Library, Shotley Village Hall, The Street, Shotley IP9 1LX
  • Stowmarket Library, Milton Road, Stowmarket IP14 1EX
  • Stradbroke Library, Court House, Queens Street, Stradbroke IP21 5HG
  • Sudbury Library, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 2EN
  • Thurston Library, Thurston Community College, Thurston IP31 3PB

Please see Suffolk Libraries for opening times.
Paper copies of the Sustainability Appraisal are also available to view in the council offices. Please note that the Councils will be moving from 1st October 2017 - for details please see our page 'We're Moving'.



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