Suffolk County Council are responsible for planning for minerals, waste, and county council developments such as schools and fire stations.

Current Local Plans in Suffolk include:

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are working towards a new Joint Local Plan to replace their separately adopted Local Plan documents.

The Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan was formally submitted to the Secretary of State for independent Examination in March 2021. Following a recommendation from the Examination Inspectors the Councils are now progressing the current Joint Local Plan (JLP) as a ‘Part 1’ local plan. This will be followed by the preparation and adoption of a ‘Part 2’ local plan as soon as possible. The Councils are currently working on the outstanding matters raised by the inspectors during the examination and  main modifications. Further details will be added to the Councils website in due course.

East Suffolk Council

On 1 April 2019, East Suffolk Council was formed from the former Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Councils.

The area is covered by the following Local Plans:

  • Suffolk Coastal Local Plan which was adopted in September 2020 covering the former Suffolk Coastal District area; and
  • Waveney Local Plan which was adopted in March 2019 covering the former Waveney Local Planning Authority area.

The Broads Authority Local Plan is produced by the Broads Authority and guides development and land use in the special Broads environment area in the north of the District.

Ipswich Borough Council

On 23 March 2022, Ipswich Borough Council adopted the Ipswich Local Plan Review 2018-2036.  The documents are available on the Adopted Ipswich Local Plan Review 2018-2036 page.

West Suffolk Council

The West Suffolk Local Plan (consisting of the former Forest Heath area (FHDC) and former St Edmundsbury area (SEBC) Local Plan documents) sets out the long term planning and land use policies within West Suffolk.

More information about these documents can be found here.

West Suffolk have commenced a review of the local plan policies for the area. The Local Plan Preferred Options (Regulation 18) consultation will commenced on 26 May and is open until 26 July 2022. Further information can be found here.

For further advice or to find out how your property fits into this framework for planning in Suffolk please contact us.