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

Part 1 of the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan was adopted by Mid Suffolk District Council on 20 November 2023 and by Babergh District Council on 21 November 2023. A live online Policies Map supports the Joint Local Plan Part 1 and can be accessed here.

A Call for Sites closed on 2 February 2024 and the Councils have published sites submitted during this period. The first public consultation on the Part 2 Local Plan is due in Spring 2024.  Further updates can be found on the Councils website.

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

In 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.

The West Suffolk Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on Friday 24 May 2024. The Planning Inspectorate will appoint an inspector in due course.  The latest Examination News will be published on the Councils website as the Examination progresses.

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